The first night flight was operated from Srinagar Airport on Friday (March 19) by Go Air. The flight to New Delhi departed at 7:15 pm.
Tweeting about the Historic moment, Go Air in its post said, “Here’s to creating history! We are proud to announce that we operated the first-ever night flight from #Srinagar to #Delhi on 19th March, 2021, becoming the first airline in the history of Indian aviation to achieve this feat! To reaching many more milestones in the future!”
Here’s to creating history! We are proud to announce that we operated the first-ever night flight from #Srinagar to #Delhi on 19th March, 2021, becoming the first airline in the history of Indian aviation to achieve this feat! To reaching many more milestones in the future! pic.twitter.com/dVaklrwKTm
— GoAir (@goairlinesindia) March 20, 2021
Commenting on the achievement, Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer, GoAir, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to dedicate the first ever night flight from Srinagar to Delhi as a salute to the spirit of Srinagar. GoAir is also strengthening the network across the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region by enhancing their daily flights to-and-from Srinagar.”
“GoAir was the only airline to operate daily flights from Awantipur Airforce Airport during the times when the main airport was closed due to resurfacing of the runway for a pretty long time. GoAir was the only airline to provide connectivity from Srinagar to other parts of the country during those times,” he added.
Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Ranjan Prakash Thakur, who was present on the occasion, greeted the crew of the flight and other ground personnel.
He said that the start of the night operations from Srinagar is the dawn of a new era as it will improve air connectivity to Jammu and Kashmir.
He added this development will also boost the tourism sector by increasing the tourist footfall in the region.
Thakur said that after this significant development, the long-pending demand of tour and travel operators has been fulfilled and will substantially help in economic growth of the Union Territory as the tourism sector forms the core of its economy.
With start of night operations of flights, the summer schedule will see a substantial increase in flights to Jammu and Kashmir.
(With inputs from Agencies)