Flights to & from Srinagar Airport to resume on Friday

"The upgradation of the Airport is nearing completion and all air services will resume with effect from September 17," the spokesman said. The airport was closed for repair and upgradation on September three and subsequently the air traffic was diverted to Awantipora airbase, 32km from here.

The government suspended the air operations for three days from the airbase beginning yesterday following largescale complaints that airlines were cancelling flights randomly without intimating the passengers.

The repair and upgradation of Srinagar International Airport were earlier slated to be taken up in May but rescheduled in the context of the summer tourist season, the spokesman said adding accordingly, it was decided to take up the work only from September three.

He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had taken up the matter with Defence Minister A K Antony and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for operationalizing Awantipora airbase from September three so that the people did not face any kind of inconvenience in view of the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid-ul-Fitr festival.

Accordingly, all necessary arrangements were made at Awantipora for keeping the air operations going between September 3 to 12, the spokesman said. However, he said that in view of the difficulties faced by passengers in view of the prevailing law and order, causing flight delays and resultig in long waiting hours for passengers, the state government took the decision to suspend air operations for three days from September 13.

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