“This is a historic step for both J&K and its employees. Foreign travelers will soon be able to arrive directly in Srinagar, ”said Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia at a joint press conference with J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. Media interaction followed a detailed review of all aviation matters related to the J&K by Sinha and Scindia.
Sources said Sharjah was selected as the first destination given the high volume of business between J&K dealers, especially those who deal in horticultural products, and retail outlets in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The immigration infrastructure is already in place in J&K, an official said.
“More than 77 stores in Sharjah – mostly owned by the hypermarket chain Lulu – get most of their supplies of dried fruit, etc. from J&K. J&K also supplies over 60 such stores in Abu Dhabi. As a result, there is a high demand for business travel between Srinagar and Sharjah, which is also a convenient transit point to reach Dubai and Abu Dhabi, ”a source said SHE.
In the past, Srinagar also handled international flights, but they were only for Hajj pilgrims. Other outcomes of Sinha and Scindia’s review meeting on Saturday included the former’s pledge to hand over 122 acres of land in Jammu by October 10, 2022 for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to start working on a new 25,000 m² Land can start terminal at a cost of Rs 600 crore.
Srinagar Airport will also be expanded from 22,000 m² to 63,000 m² with an investment of 1,500 billion rupees, Scindia said. The cargo terminal at Srinagar Airport will open for operations on October 1, he added. A premium lounge for a fee has also been approved for Srinagar Airport and the bidding process can begin until September 30th.
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