Six Flights Carrying 562 Stranded Passengers Arrive At Srinagar Airport

SRINAGAR: With Government resuming domestic flight operations across the country, six domestic flights carrying about 562 passengers, who were stranded at different parts of the country landed here today at Srinagar International Airport.

Stranded passengers arrive at Srinagar airport on Monday, May 25, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The arrival of flights started with the landing of Air Asia flight at 7:25 am. All passengers who arrived at the airport were thoroughly screened for COVID-19 and their samples were taken.

The Government had made elaborate arrangements for the arrival, screening, sampling and dispatch of passengers. The airport has been equipped to receive the passengers strictly following the procedures and guidelines prescribed by the Union Ministries of Civil Aviation and Health and Family Welfare.

All passengers, on arrival, by air today and for coming days, shall be kept in institutional or home quarantine for the prescribed period, sampling will be done of all passengers and test samples will be sent to SKIMS for results. Those passengers who test negative shall be sent to the home and those testing positive, if any, will be sent to the hospital for further treatment.

The passengers were received at the airport by Principal Secretary, Housing & Urban Development, Dheeraj Gupta alongwith Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P K Pole, Secretary, Cultural &Tourism, Zubair Ahmad, Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganie, Vice Chairman LAWDA, Tufail Matoo, Director Industries &Commerce, Mahmood Ahmad Shah, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Sameer Matoo, SSP Budgam, Amod Ashok Nagpurie, Director, Airport Authority Srinagar, Santosh Dhoke and other concerned officers/ officials.

A scene at the airport after 6 flights carrying 562 stranded passengers landed at Srinagar. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Speaking on the occasion, Dheeraj Gupta said that all facilities and other arrangements have been put in place at the airport by the Government including SOPs for receiving the passengers. He said that for the convenience of passengers, special help desks have been established in order to capture first-hand information from the passengers after their disembarking. He further added that for a sample collection from the passengers for the covid-19 test, 30 Test Kiosks have been set up at the airport, besides adequate transport facilities by SRTC have been made available at the airport for these passengers.

Another occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganai informed that passengers arriving at the airport are being screened for Covid-19 tests, their sampling is also being done as per the prescribed protocol. Regarding other passengers, the DC said there are exemptions for seriously ill patients, pregnant women and the passengers suffering from other chronic diseases having symptoms of any other health issue who will be allowed to go for home quarantine.

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