|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, May 25: Domestic flight operations partially resumed at Srinagar International airport on Monday after remaining suspended for about two months in view of nation-wide lockdown imposed to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Director, Srinagar International Airport, Santosh Dhoke, while thanking the Centre, said that starting of flight operations at Srinagar airport from Monday is a relief for people, who can now avail this facility to return.
He said Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), including maintaining social distancing, for receiving and facilitating the passengers at the Srinagar airport have been strictly followed.
Several international flights, with stranded Kashmir residents from different countries, arrived in the only airport in the valley during the last couple of weeks. ''Different areas have been marked in order to promote social distancing,'' he said.
He said similarly baggage drop off area has also been marked to maintain social distancing.
''Hand sanitisers have also been places at touch points to ensure hand hygiene of passengers,'' he added.
Mr Dhoke said eight domestic flights are expected to arrive on Monday at Srinagar International airport. ''The first flight arrived here at 0825 hrs on Monday,'' he said, adding 83 passengers were onboard that flight.
He said non-local passengers stranded in Kashmir can avail this facility and go back to their respective states. However, he said the passengers will have to follow the necessary SOPs of their respective states.