AI to begin regular air service to Kargil
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Last Updated: Friday, August 05, 2011, 00:09
Srinagar: In a major relief to the residents of frontier Kargil district, Air India on Thursday agreed to operate a regular air service to the region which usually remains cut off during winters owing to closure of Srinagar-Leh National highway due to heavy snowfall.

The announcement to start 45 seater aircraft service to Kargil, 272 kms from here, was made by state Transport minister Qamar Ali Akhoon after chairing a high level joint meeting here.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ladakh Hill Development Council Kargil AAK Kachoo and Srinagar Airport Director Raj K Malik were prominent among those who attended the meeting, which was convened to discuss modalities for operating the proposed air service to Kargil.

An official spokesman said it was proposed that the air service shall be run on the pattern of North Eastern Air services to make it economically viable.

The basic infrastructure for the Air services including meteorological support are already in place at the Kargil airport, he said.

It was decided that the guidelines will be finalized at a meeting with the Union Civil Aviation Minister and Airport Authority of India officials at New Delhi shortly, the spokesman said.

Addressing the meeting, Akhoon highlighted the need for operation of Civilian Air Service to and fro Kargil.

The proposed Air service would be feasible in view of heavy rush of passengers especially during the winters when the district remains cut off due to heavy snowfall, the minister said, adding, on an average about 50 passengers will avail the service.

The minister said the service, besides providing round the year air connectivity to the passengers, would help to exploit the tourism potential of the District Kargil.


First Published: Friday, August 05, 2011, 00:09

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