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About Airports in Jammu & Kashmir

Situated in the far north corner of India, Jammu and Kashmir is one of the Indian states that attract the most number of tourists. According to rough estimates, nearly four million tourists make a trip to the beautiful states each year. A majority of these numbers are because the holy Mata Vaishno Devi temple is situated in the state. It is one of the most respected and respected pilgrim sites all over the country. Political and civil chaos and tumult that erupts in this state from time to time are not a barrier for the tourists, who visit the state to take cherishable memories back with them.

Prominent airlines such as Jet Airways and Indian Airlines operate flights to these airports on a regular basis-

The State Has 4 Airports That are

Jammu Domestic Airport

Also called Satwari Airport locally, The Jammu Airport is the main airport of the Jammu part of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The international boundary of India and Pakistan falls 14 km from the Jammu Airport.

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Kargil Defense Airport

The Kargil Airport is the main airport falling under the district of Kargil. Kargil is located around 6 km from the Kargil Airport, and Srinagar is located around 210 km from it. The Airports Authority of India is responsible for the foundation of the Kargil Airport. Ever since the Kargil War, the Indian Air Force has started making use of it. The state Government is responsible for managing a civil enclave there. Considering the strategic setting of the area, the airport now stands well positioned to turn into a fully functioning proper airport- a long way from being a small and simple air strip in the pre-war era. As per plans of the Indian Air Force, the airport will turn into a proper functioning air force base by the year 2016. Apart from fulfilling its professional responsibilities from the Kargil Airport, the Indian Air Force runs AN-32- an air courier service. It also operates IL-76 Aircraft, priding transportation to the general public to nearby places such as Jammu and Srinagar. Sometimes, during extreme winters, it provides transportation to Chandigarh too. It is counted among the four primary airports of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

There is a considerable controversy regarding this airport, and it is often a topic for a big debate for local people as well as politicians who argue that the authorities should allow the use of commercial services from the airport.  In January, 2012, Air Mantra held the distinction of being the very first commercial company to have landed a civilian airplane at the Kargil Airport. The aircraft in question was a 17 seater, flying VIPs such as Omar Abdullah- the Chief Minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Domestic Airport, Leh

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Aiport is a leading airdrome in Leh, part of the state of J & K. Located at 10,682 (ft) above the sea level, it holds the distinction of being among the highest airports all over the world. The airport takes its name from the much honored Kushok akula Rinpoche and is named in his memory. His 19th incarnation became a significant Ladakhi as well as Indian Statesman.

There is unprecedented security at the Leh Airport, especially because of the threats and past instances of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Hand baggage is not allowed on flights that depart from the Leh Airport, except for cameras and laptop bags. Once passengers’ check-in baggage is scanned, they have to identify it before it is loaded inside the aircraft. The Indian Army and police units are on constant vigil and patrol all over the airports in large numbers. All flights taking off from and landing Leh Airport have to do so in the morning because of mountain winds afternoon onwards. They provide ample time for check-in and security checks and passengers are asked to report to the airport two hours in advance before scheduled departure of their flights.

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Srinagar International Airport

A customs airport, Srinagar Airport is located in Srinagar which is a part of Jammu and Kashmir state in India. After undergoing wide ranging overhaul and renovations- including a new and improved runway, air bridges, a new departure and arrival terminal, apart from, various other operational amenities- the airport was inaugurated on the 14th of February, 2009, with an Air India flight coming from Dubai. Also being operated from the Srinagar Airport are seasonal pilgrimage charters for Hajj pilgrims to Jeddah.

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Poonch Airport

Also known as the Poonch Airstrip, the Poonch Airport is situated at Poonch, part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Scheduled flights are not operated from Poonch but, in 2005, Ghulam Nabi Azad- the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir had suggested Air Deccan that they start operating small aircrafts to the Poonch Airport. To this, Captain Gopinath- then then Chairman of Air Deccan, has responded that they would like think about flying helicopters to the Poonch Airport.

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