By: Musaib Iqbal MK
On Srinagar International Airport authorities have decided to curtail the entry time of passengers into the premises of the airport due to the recent covid surge.
According to the airport authorities of Srinagar, only three hours before their flight departure is part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.
Earlier passengers used to come to Srinagar airport hours before their departure and there used to be a lot of rush of the people inside it. Now the Omicron variant spreading in Kashmir also airport authorities have decided to minimize the rush within the airport premises.
According to PTI in its news report on Thursday while quoting the authorities of the airport has said as follows.
The regulation of the entry of passengers comes in view of some of the passengers entering the airport seven to eight hours before the flight departure time which leads to an increase in the crowd at the aerodrome.
“Passengers are requested to please come to the airport only up to three hours before flight departure time,” Director, Airport Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar airport, Kuldeep Singh said here.
He said the entry to the airport shall be given only up to three hours before flight from Thursday.
“The time of entry to the airport is maximum three hours before flight departure. This is necessary to control the congestion at the airport because we want to reduce the chance of infection,” he said.
Singh asked the passengers to cooperate with the security staff in maintaining the access control at the airport.
The director said some passengers were entering the airport seven to eight hours before the time of their flight which increases the crowd at the airport and also increases the risk of infection.
“Covid disease is spreading very fast. The infection is more in crowded areas. All our passengers are requested to please maintain social distance at the airport and also wear masks at all times. We follow the rule of ‘No Mask No Entry’. There is a fine of Rs 500 if any passengers remove their mask,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday witnessed a 50 per cent jump in daily Covid cases as the union territory recorded 1,695 fresh cases of coronavirus.
Out of the fresh cases, 812 were from the Jammu division and 883 from the Kashmir division of the union territory. Jammu district recorded the highest of 438 cases followed by 320 cases in Srinagar district.
With PTI inputs