Srinagar airport witnesses trial run ahead of night-landing operations
Srinagar, August 9: Authorities on Thursday conducted a trial run on Srinagar-New Delhi air-route before the expected inauguration of night-landing facility next week. As per officials, the airport authorities scheduled the Go Air flight G8-335 at 8:39pm in order to conduct the safety check before starting the service. “This flight would usually take off at 5:45pm from Srinagar. The authorities decided to schedule it at 8:39pm for Thursday especially to look whether any further improvement are needed for the service,” they said. Officials said the night landing will be given a nod for upcoming weeks by the on-board officials after considering various safety aspects during the journey. “This flight will go via Hissar, which means it will take more than one and half hour to reach New Delhi. It will have expert officials from Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) on board as well,” they said. The officials said it took authorities seven month to develop required infrastructure for the service. “The Instrumental Landing System (ILS) has been developed at the airport, which guides an aircraft approaching the runway to enable its safe landing. Similarly, Approaching Lighting System (ALS) has been also installed to ensure proper visibility for landing,” they said. Official said the number of flights for night landing will subsequently increase after the service is made operational for Srinagar. Union Minister of State Aviation, Jayant Sinha, in November last year announced that night landing facility and international connectivity at Srinagar International Airport will start within next six months. Currently, as many as 40 flights operate at Srinagar airport on average daily, which leave for many destination of India. Director Airport Authority of India, Sharad Kumar, told The Kashmir Monitor the trial run was being specially conducted to ensure hassle free service during all season in Kashmir. “We will discuss about the operation of the service after the trial run. The service will sooner begin here and it will be of great benefit to the state,” he said. Night landing has been a long pending demand for the tourism players who believed that a huge chunk of corporate tourists were avoiding Kashmir in absence of this service.