Operation of Spice Jet from Srinagar, Jammu to Kargil soon

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Apr 7: Union Ministry for Civil Aviation has decided to operate 78 seater Q-400 Spice jet aeroplane from Srinagar to Kargil and Jammu to Kargil for which trial landing at Kargil airport will start shortly.
This was stated by Minister for Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon after a detailed discussion with the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Choudhary Ajit Singh here today.
Union Minister apprised Mr. Akhoon that this decision has been taken by the Ministry on the basis of favourable reports submitted by teams headed separately by Director General Airport Authorities of India (AAI) Bharat Bhushan and Deputy Director AAI Lalit Gupta which in consultation with the Commissioner Civil Aviation, Jammu and Kashmir S. Katoch visited the mountainous district Kargil during last year to inspect facilities at the local air base for operating the passenger services.
Mr. Ajit Singh said that the 78 seater Q- 400 Spice jet aeroplane has been specially procured by the Ministry to add it in the fleet of Spice Jet for operating exclusively in the snow bound areas like Kargil. He added that 78 seater Q- 400 Spice jet aeroplane is highly suitable for Kargil in view of its geographical and topographical conditions.
Mr Akhoon said that the air service was the need of the hour as the area remains land locked from other parts of the country during winter months due to heavy snow fall. He said that the people of Kargil, Drass and Zanaskar are facing tremendous problems due to closure of Zijola pass and operation of air service was very important for the people of the area.

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