Come winters, the foggy weather conditions lead to frequent disruption of air traffic at Srinagar airport. With cancellation on cards, the rescheduling and stay back is the major crisis people travelling face for a longer duration.
To manage the crisis, the reports are that the government has asked the Airport authorities and airline companies for better coordination during winter months.
A local news agency reports that the government has asked the airlines and Airport authorities to closely monitor and plan the flights as per weather forecast with proper coordination.
Flight operations are disrupted every winter with visibility often dropping below 500 metres in December and January. The ripple effect of any fog-induced delay in the morning often lasts for hours.
As per Airport officials, there is further need for installing/ upgrading ILS as the Valley mostly witnesses foggy days during winter months. “Most of the airports outside have upgraded landing facilities which facilitate operation of flights even during visibility of only 500 metres. We need the same facilities for smooth operation of flights in low visibility,” said a senior official.