Air Asia lands in Srinagar, finally

Chief Minister weaving a welcome flag to Air Asia’s maiden Srinagar flight.

KL News Network

SRINAGAR

With the Air Asia’s first touchdown in Srinagar, yet another air carrier has joined the Delhi Srinagar sector, weeks ahead of the start of new tourist season. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti waved the welcome flag as a landing signal for the first flight.

It is being considered a major step towards adding to Kashmir’s air connectivity. This is a budget airline that will add to the seat capacity on daily basis.

AirAsia India is a joint venture between Malaysia-based AirAsia and Tata Sons Limited. They are planning connecting Kashmir with various domestic destinations. On plans is a direct flight between Kolkotta and Srinagar.

All the major air carriers are flying to Srinagar and by an average nearly 30 aircrafts land in Srinagar on Delhi. During peak summer, especially , the number even goes up.

While the number of aircrafts is increasing, interestingly, the costs of ticket are becoming unbearable. The government has not intervened at any level to ensure that a slot of daily tickets remains de-linked from the larger market.

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