Jammu,31 March, 2016 :- PDP leader and MLA Rafiabad Yawar Dilawar Mir has expressed concern over the skyrocketing air fares in the peak tourist season in the state and has demanded to explore wet leasing arrangements and chartered flights during the peak tourists months. “This way the fares of these flights could be capped so as to put market pressure on all airlines to hold their rates in an acceptable band”, he added.
In a statement today , Yawar Mir , while criticising arbitrary hike in airfares by various airlines operating between Delhi- jammu and srinager sector, has sought revision in the tax on ATF , which could facilitate the reduction of air tariff structure of various airlines, to promote the influx of tourists in the state. He has also requested the Union Tourism Minister,and the Civil Aviation Ministry, to explore re-starting operation of Srinager – Dubai flights for facilitating business class of the state.
Yawar Mir has also regretted for inordinate delay in starting night landing of flights at the Srinagar International Airport although the Defence Ministry has reportedly three years back given its clearance for operation of civilian flights at the Srinagar International Airport till 10 PM daily, paving way for extended air operations between Kashmir and rest of the country. “Airport authorities and the Defence Ministry must work together to provide necessary infrastructure at the Srinagar Airport for the purpose,”Yawar has urged.
Yawar said that the state especially the tourism sector is badly bearing the brunt of arbitrary hike in airfares as air travel to j&K has become costlier which consequently affects tourism influx and also causes hardships for the local flyers. “ It has been witnessed that arbitrary increase in airfare has become a phenomenon now , in the wake of bad weather in Kashmir and the consequent closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway, which is the Valley’s only surface link with rest of the world and remains often closed in winter months due to landslides caused by incessant rains or snowfall in Kashmir, Yawar added.