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J&K: All flight operations suspended for the day at Srinagar airport as heavy snowfall hits Kashmir

Srinagar weather: Along with this news, the airlines have made it clear that the passengers affected by this decision will be provided tickets for the next available flight without any extra charge.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Srinagar: Due to heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, all flights at Srinagar airport have been canceled for the whole day on Friday. Fresh snowfall in the valley started on Friday morning and was continuing till the last reports came in. According to reports, there was moderate to heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir.

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At the same time, there has been light to moderate snowfall in the plains. Therefore, due to continuous snowfall and low visibility, all flights operating from Srinagar airport have been suspended till further notice. However, the airlines have made it clear that the passengers affected by this decision will be provided tickets for the next available flight without any extra charge.

Giving information about this, Kuldeep Singh, Director of Srinagar Airport, Airports Authority of India (AAI), said that due to continuous snowfall and low visibility, flight operations at Srinagar airport have been suspended till further notice.

He told that some flights were operated on Friday morning, but due to low visibility and snowfall, it was postponed after 10 am. Singh said most airlines including Air India, Air Asia, Indigo, SpiceJet and Vistara have canceled all their remaining flights for the day on Friday due to bad weather.

Srinagar recorded a low of 1 degree Celsius on Thursday night, up from minus 0.2 degrees the night before, the officials said. Qazigund, the gateway to the Valley, registered a minimum temperature of 0.2 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 0.2 degrees.

Along with air traffic, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has also been closed due to bad weather. Significantly, this is the only road connecting the Kashmir Valley to the rest of the country that works 12 months a year. In fact, the highway has been closed for traffic due to landslides and slippery roads in Meher. Officials said that the work of clearing the roads is going on, but the continuous snowfall and rain is making the work difficult.

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