Direct evening flights to boost tourism in Kashmir

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In a much-needed boost to the tourism sector, night flight operations have started at Srinagar airport bringing cheers to the travel and hospitality sector in the Kashmir Valley. The first direct evening flight of IndiGo with 184 passengers onboard from Bengaluru landed at Srinagar airport on 29 March, which was warmly received by director tourism Kashmir Dr. GN Itoo.

“We have been pursuing direct and the evening flights for a long time which has now got materialised. There are many travellers, especially business class who fly by evening flights to save time. These flights will further increase the tourists’ influx to Kashmir and boost JK’s economy,” said Itoo.

He said with the introduction of the evening flights, around 42 flights operate at Srinagar airport on a daily basis. “We are hopeful that more airlines will follow the suit as we are expecting good tourist footfall in coming months. We have been promoting Kashmir’s varied tourism products among travellers through our marketing campaigns across many cities of the country. We received a good response and tourists are flying in in good numbers.”

Notably, after the travel restrictions were eased in India, Kashmir has witnessed an overwhelming footfall of tourists, especially during winter months due to frequent snowfall which acted as a major attraction for the travellers.