Manoj Sinha
Manoj Sinha, Lt Governor, Jammu & Kashmir, during a visit to the India Pavillion, Expo 2020 in Dubai. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News

Srinagar - Signaling the resumption of direct flights between Srinagar and Sharjah, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said that the air service is going to further enhance people to people ties between the two countries.

“The clearances for the flight between Srinagar (J&K), India and Sharjah (UAE) has been given at the highest level. There had been some technical and logistical issues with regards to the same and those too are being worked upon,” Lt Governor told Gulf News in an exclusive chat.

Go First is likely to operate the service. The airline previously operated between the two destinations last year under the air bubble agreement between India and the UAE, but flights were halted in March this year due to a lack of flight rights following India's opening of its borders to regular international flights.

“(India’s) Prime Minister Narendra Modi was very forthcoming to give clearance for the direct flight between the Srinagar-Sharjah route,” Manoj Sinha added.

Most of the regulatory paperwork is now in place with Go First geared to operate the direct flight again. The airline has already received the bilateral rights to operate upto five flights per week on the Srinagar-Sharjah-Srinagar route.

“We are hopeful that the service will give a boost to people to people ties and trade relations between India and the UAE. It will also help in promoting tourism and bringing more investment from the UAE to J&K,” Lt Governor concluded.