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Srinagar Airport to resume services from today

india Updated: Sep 17, 2010 00:48 IST
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Normal air traffic will resume today for the Kashmir Valley as the Srinagar International Airport was handed over to civil aviation authorities after completion of resurfacing of the runway.

Operations to the airport were stopped from September 3 after Indian Air Force, which maintains the traffic, said that the runway needed immediate resurfacing.

The passengers in the Valley, which has been under curfew for past few days following violent protests by mobs, have been asked to assemble at Tourist Reception Centre at Lal Chowk as no private vehicles would be allowed on the airport road owing to disturbances.

"The air tickets of the passengers shall be treated as curfew passes to facilitate their hassle free movement to and from the airport," an official spokesman told PTI.

The Srinagar International Airport was temporarily closed for operations of the civil flights on September 3 for repair and upgradation and subsequently the air traffic was diverted to Awantipora airbase, 32 km from here.

However, the traffic to Awantipora was also stopped as the private airlines were very inconsistent in their operations and the national carrier Air India had only operated three flights to this IAF base.