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Flights resume at Srinagar airport after 24-hour disruption

Srinagar, Jan 05 : Air traffic was today afternoon resumed from Srinagar International Airport after remaining affected for 24 hours due to moderate to heavy snowfall in Kashmir valley.
A top Beacon official said that the runway was cleared for take-off after they removed around one feet snow.
Only five out of the 24 scheduled flights were able to operate during afternoon hours when the run-way was cleared of snow and made operational, said an official of the Airports Authority of India.
The flights those operated included four Air India and one GoAir flight. While three flights landed at the airport today, those which took off included two aircrafts parked yesterday following snowfall.
All morning flights to and from the airport were cancelled due to snowfall, which began in the late afternoon on Friday and continued in most parts of the valley today morning.
Officials said it was one of the heaviest snowfalls in the recent years in the plains of Kashmir.
Srinagar recorded 10 inches of snowfall till 8:30 in the morning and the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded two feet of fresh snow. While Qazigund recorded 11 inches, Kokernag three inches, Pahalgam 16 inches and Kupwara 17 inches of snow, the officials said. (With inputs from Greater Kashmir)

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