Amid surge in COVID, Srinagar- Sharjah direct flight discontinued

The Srinagar- Sharjah direct flight service has been suspended, owing to a sharp increase in COVID19 cases.

This direct flight connecting the Valley with the UAE was started on October 23 last year, after being flagged off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. However, due to the challenges posed by the surge in the Omicron-led Third Wave of COVID19, the direct flight has been discontinued.

The Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight, which completed two months of operations just before New Year’s eve, had been a runaway success as the flight was witnessing 90 per cent passenger occupancy at that point in time.

Pertinently, Srinagar International Airport witnessed operations of almost 40 to 45 commercial flight arrivals every day. As per AAI data, the annual footfalls of passengers at Srinagar is expected to increase from the current 3 million passengers to 5.2 million passengers per annum.

Meanwhile, a ‘Go First’ spokesperson from Mumbai on Tuesday said the flight was “as per schedule”. “The airline has no such plans to discontinue its services on the Srinagar-Sharjah route,” he said.