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16 new flights from Jammu Airport to boost tourism in J&K       

As per Jammu Airport officials, the schedule for operating 16 additional flights will commence from the third week of March. These will flights will be connecting Jammu to Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Pune, Indore among others cities in the country. The new flights will be pretty much beneficial to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims and tourists to Kashmir valley, Patnitop and other regions of the Jammu region.

 

Jammu: As the things are returning to pre-Covid levels, with the ebbing of third wave across the country, the Jammu airport will be introducing 16 more flights from next month ahead of coming summer season which are expected to boost further tourism and travel in the union territory.

The enhancing of the aerial connectivity is also likely give impetus to the local economy and investment in the region.
As per Jammu Airport officials, the schedule for operating 16 additional flights will commence from the third week of March. These will flights will be connecting Jammu to Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Pune, Indore among others cities in the country. The new flights will be pretty much beneficial to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims and tourists to Kashmir valley, Patnitop and other regions of the Jammu region.

At present about 23 flights are being operated from the Jammu airport. With addition of 13 new flights, total of 39 flights will start operating from Jammu airport.

In last six months key facilities were augmented at the Jammu Airport.

Then existing 6700ft runway at Jammu airport was expanded to 8,000ft making it possible for large aircrafts to land and depart.  Due to 6,700ft-long runway, the flights were not operating to their full capacity load and the pilots had been facing difficulty during landings and take-offs. The work was completed by Airports Authority of India in coordination with Indian Air Force and Military Engineering Service. In addition to the runway, 2,800 metres of boundary wall and rigid pavement perimeter road was also constructed. AAI further plans to increase the strip by another 1,000 ft.

In last July, the night operations commenced at the Jammu airport after runway approach lighting system, which includes a series of light bars with strobe lights were installed and put in operation. All others facilities like Instrument Landing System (ILS), CAT-1 lights, PAPI, etc. had also been at the Jammu airport.

The Jammu Airport Authorities have received the proposal for starting new flights. Besides connecting Jammu with new locations, the more flights will be introduced on the existing routes.

From March 28, a direct fight of Indigo Airlines between Jammu and Indore in will be launched. The fight will operate four days a week including Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Last year from April to December, the Jammu airport handled 9175 flights with 8,97,073 passengers traveling in them. Since August around one lakh passengers arrived from different locations at Jammu airport on monthly basis. While December saw maximum 1,53,805 passengers traveling in 1260 flights.

The Jammu airport, which is in operation since 1985, belongs to the Indian Air Force and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) maintains a civil enclave for the movement of passengers.

 

 

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