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JAMMU: The flight operations to and from Jammu airport could be restricted to seven hours for 41 days from March 10 because the Indian Air Force withdrew its earlier order proposing full closure of the airport for 15 days subsequent month for resurfacing work of the runway, officers mentioned on Saturday.
The choice was reviewed and modified by the IAF in session with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) at a gathering on Friday following directions from the Union Defence Ministry, the officers mentioned.
A day earlier, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar chaired a joint assembly of IAF and AAI in Delhi and suggested them to discover a manner out to keep away from closure of the airport for civilian site visitors after the Civil Aviation Ministry raised the difficulty with him on the request of Jammu and Kashmir administration.
The officers mentioned the proposed full closure of the Jammu airport from March 6 to March 20 has been withdrawn.
However, the flight operations on the airport could be restricted to seven hours day by day from March 10 to April 19 to facilitate clean work.
The Jammu airport could be obtainable for the operations from 6 am to 1 pm with the final flight departure at 12.50 pm throughout March 10 to April 19, the officers mentioned.
They mentioned the Jammu airport could be obtainable for operations as per earlier regular watch hours with impact from April 20.
In a communication addressed to Jammu Airport Director Pravat Ranjan Beuria, the Air Force Station Jammu had wished full closure of the airport for 15 days in the direction of laying of the ultimate two prime DAC-II layers on the runway floor.
The order drew a robust resentment from the J-Okay administration and Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam lodged his protest with the civil aviation ministry and requested intervention of the Ministry of Defence within the matter to make sure that the resurfacing is carried out in such a way that civilian air site visitors will not be affected in the course of the day time.


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