Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Hassan Samoon on Friday discussed the modalities for starting night flights at the Srinagar "International" Airport here.
Chairing a meeting that was attended by Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar and Budgam, officials of Srinagar airport, Air Force, police, representatives of private airlines and other concerned officials, Samoon asked the agencies concerned to gear up for the upcoming tourist season and ensure better facilities to the tourists.
The meeting was informed that the Indian Air Force has given permission to start night flights at Srinagar Airport, in May 2013.
"We can easily start the flights up to 22.00 hours (10 pm) and the operating hours of the airport would be gradually extended in near future when all the requirements for the facility are met," Samoon informed the meeting.
The meeting was informed that the airport frequently hosts night flights from non-scheduled aircraft, state aircraft and some special flights.
"With the requirement of visibility of 1.3 kms, the planes can land at Srinagar airport even during full moon nights," the meeting was informed and it was revealed that a team of DGCA would arrive next month to take stock of facilities at the airport.
The Divisional Commissioner while stressing for close coordination between various Government agencies asked the officials to complete preparations for the expected heavy influx of tourists in the upcoming tourist season.
He expressed concern over the increase in airfare during the peak season and called for a system to cap the airfare at a certain level to benefit people particularly the students and patients.
The meeting also discussed strengthening of intra-state connectivity and connecting flights between Srinagar, Leh and Kargil.
Samoon ordered the speeding up of process of modernization of facilities at all the three airports.