New Delhi: Srinagar Airport will remain
close for maintenance work for 12 days starting from September
However, government today asked the airlines to ensure
uniterrupted air conectivity to the Kashmir Valley using an
alternative airport during the Srinagr airport closure period.
Normal civil flights will operate to Srinagar Airport
upto September 2 and from September 3 onwards until resumption
of flights from Srinagar airport, air connectivity to the
valley would be provided through Avantipura airport on the
outskirt of Srinagar, the Civil Aviation Ministry said in a
The decision to operate flights services during the
12-day closure period was taken at a meeting chaired by Civil
Aviation Secretary Madhavan Nambiar with all the agencies
concerned and the airlines held here.
All necessary arrangements are being made on an urgent
basis to ensure flights to Avantipura airport during the
closure of the Srinagar airport, it said.
Soz meets PM, pleads for non-closure of Srinagar airport.
Earlier in the day, Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief
Saifuddin Soz today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here
seeking postponment of the repair work at Srinagar airport as
its closure for 15 days would cause hardships to the people.
Soz told the PM that till an alternative arrangement
was made, the airport should not be shut for repair work.