Flight operations reduced from 45 to 15 flights, witnesses 2000 passengers a day
By: Jahangir Sofi
Srinagar, May 20: Amid spike in Covid-19 positive cases in Kashmir, and other parts of India, footfall at Srinagar International Airport has come down to a record low of 75 percent, while daily flight movements have reduced to around 15, said an official.
A top official from the Srinagar Airport told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that after the spike in Covid-19 positive cases in the valley, “the footfall at the Srinagar Airport has gone down to 75 percent with a footfall of around 2000 per day.”
The official said, with the sharp decrease in the footfall at Srinagar Airport, the daily flights movements have also come down from 45 to around 15 flights on a daily basis. However the night and cargo flight services are still actively operating from the Airport.
“Under the Covid guidelines all services are intact at Srinagar Airport, however it is just a footfall which has come down in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in Kashmir and other parts of the country,” he said.
Tourism activities had gained pace and addition of night flights recorded a footfall of around 12000 at the airport, after which more airlines were mulling to start the night flight operations. However, with the resurgence of Covid-19 hitting badly the valley including the other parts of the country the daily footfall came down with around 1000 arrivals and 1000 departures.
Officials further said that airport authorities are ensuring all the Covid-19 SOPs and guidelines are followed and all the inbound passengers are tested on arrival for Covid-19 by the health officials deputed at the airport by the Divisional Administration Kashmir—(KNO)