News at 9: Goa’s New International Airport, Helicopter Service From Srinagar To Amarnath and more

News at 9: Goa's New International Airport, Helicopter Service From Srinagar To Amarnath and more

Goa is all set to welcome its second international airport, Mopa Airport, Helicopter service from Srinagar to Amarnath to begin this year and more in top stories of the day.

Coming soon: Mopa Airport will be a welcoming addition to Goa tourism

Goa is all set to welcome its second international airport, Mopa Airport, and it’s slated to operate from September 1, 2022. The Mopa Airport is a greenfield airport in Pernem, and is expected to reduce a considerable amount of air traffic load from the existing airport, Dabolim Airport, the state’s only airport. The current airport, Dabolim Airport is located in a military airbase INS Hansa, and is shared by the Indian Navy. Mopa Airport, as a civilian airport, aims to boost tourism in the state as it will cater to civilian traffic in full capacity.
This goes hand-in-hand with all the developments that have been taking place in the state’s tourism sector. From heli-tourism, improved security at the beaches to ecotourism in the forest areas, there’s so much more on offer for tourists, an airport as an addition is going to be a big support.

Helicopter Service From Srinagar To Amarnath To Begin This Year

For the first time, the pilgrims this year can avail of helicopter service directly from Srinagar for Amarnath Yatra, an annual Hindu pilgrimage in South Kashmir. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to start a helicopter service for pilgrims to the Amarnath Yatra, which reopened after a hiatus of two years.
The service will begin directly from Srinagar to Panchtarni, which is the last stop point located at an elevation of 3,500 metres. From there, a six-kilometre trek will take pilgrims to the holy Amarnath cave. As per the report by ANI, the decision was taken considering the heavy tourist rush on the Amarnath Yatra route.

IndiGo, American Airlines launch codeshare agreement

American Airlines and IndiGo have launched a codeshare agreement that allows the former to sell seats on the latter’s flights operating on Delhi-Bengaluru and Delhi-Mumbai routes, a statement said on Thursday.
The agreement will place American’s code on 29 of IndiGo’s domestic routes in India, providing a convenient option for American Airlines customers arriving on the carrier’s new Bengaluru (BLR) and Delhi (DEL), India, flights. American Airlines currently operates flights on the New York-Delhi route only. “American and IndiGo plan to expand the codeshare in the near future to include more than a dozen additional destinations in India (in addition to Bengaluru and Mumbai),” the statement by American Airlines said.
IndiGo, India’s largest airline, already has codeshare agreements with Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air France-KLM airlines.

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