Daytime temperatures in Srinagar have hovered in single digits in the past week, while the mercury dropped below 0 degrees at night resulting in snowfall. As a result, flight operations have been severely affected. Northeast India, has faced an aviation resource crunch, with only two international airports servicing its seven states. But the Airports Authority of India now has good news for both these roadblocks. Apart from this, Sindhudurg airport too will start operations soon.
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Srinagar airport resumes flights after heavy snowfall
Four days after stopping flight services due to heavy snowfall, Srinagar’s Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport has resumed commercial operations. The Airports Authority of India shared on Twitter that flights had been cancelled from January 3, but specialised machinery was now being used for snow removal from the airport aprons.
The apron is the part of the airport where aircrafts are parked, loaded, boarded or refilled. Passengers cannot board flights without clear access to it.
Airport officials have advised all passengers flying out of Srinagar to check their flight status frequently and arrive early to avoid peak-hour rush.
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Two additional flights will be operated on January 7 to make up for previously cancelled flights. Offered by Vistara, flight UK 9611 will leave Delhi at 12.30 pm and arrive in Srinagar by 2 pm, while flight UK 9612 will leave Srinagar at 2.40 pm and return to Delhi by 4.15 pm.
Tripura to get Northeast’s 3rd international airport
Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport is readying to become Northeast India’s third airport with international connectivity. A 30,000 sq m integrated terminal has been under construction since last year, and this new building has been proposed for the project, confirmed an official of the Tripura Tourism Development Corporation today.
Bir Bikram Airport lies around 11 kilometres north of Agartala, east of the India-Bangladesh border. It will join the ranks of the Guwahati and Imphal airports, which already offer international flights.
Sindhudurg Airport to open soon!
Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray has announced that flight operations from the newly-built Chipi airport in Konkan’s Sindhudurg district will commence operations from January 2021.
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