Underlining the important of evening flights for tourism sector, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said that the government is hopeful that in future direct international flights will operate from Srinagar Airport which will boom tourist influx.
The Chief Minister while talking to media after flagging off first evening flight of GoAir from Srinagar Airport, said that operation of direct international flights will give impetus to the economy of the state particularly tourism sector. "Direct flights from Srinagar to other countries will attract businessmen to visit the place and bring investment here," she said.
Mehbooba lauded the efforts of GoAir for starting evening operation flights from Srinagar Airport. "It is good that you have late night flights, it will help us a lot," she said adding that Kashmir is primarily a tourism destination and operation of more flights is good for the tourism sector.
"I am hopeful that the timing of night flights will be further extended, currently Indian Air Force and Airport Authority of India has already given permission for us to operate flight upto 10 Pm in the evening," she said adding that once late flights will starting operation people will feel more comfortable to travel to this place.
Earlier the Chief Minister flagged off the first Go Air flight from the Airport. The evening flight of the airlines would operate daily from 6.40 Pm. Earlier last departure from Srinagar Airport was 5.30 Pm. Chief Executive officer, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer while speaking on the occasion said that the Kashmir is an important market for the airline.