Go First, formerly known as GoAir, has achieved a milestone in Jammu & Kashmir by becoming the first airline to start direct international connection and direct international cargo operations from Srinagar, thus strengthening its expanding international network.
Operated by an Airbus A320neo, the maiden Go First flight G8 1595 departed Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar at 6 pm and arrived in Sharjah at 9 pm on October 23.
Go First will operate four flights every week between Srinagar and Sharjah.
The inaugural flight was flagged off by home minister Amit Shah from the Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar in presence of lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha and others. Minister of civil aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia was present through a virtual conference from New Delhi.
The introduction of direct flight to Sharjah will boost trade and tourism between Srinagar and the UAE. The airline has announced an early bird offer for the passengers who can book flights to Sharjah at Rs 5000.
UAE and Srinagar are popular as holiday destinations, and Go First flights will meet the demand for convenient travel options. The new services will also support growing trade and investment links with both Srinagar and Sharjah.
Speaking on the development, Kaushik Khona, chief executive officer at Go First said: “Having been in operation here for over 15 years, we at Go First share a special relationship with the region and are committed to its growth. We are delighted to be the first airline to connect Jammu & Kashmir with UAE and it bears testimony to our commitment to the region. We believe that this connectivity will be pivotal in bilateral exchange of trade and tourism between the two regions.”