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Old February 15th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Srinagar | Sheikh ul Alam International Airport

Indian Kashmir opens international airport

SRINAGAR, India, Feb 14 (Reuters) - India opened the airport in troubled Kashmir for international traffic for the first time on Saturday, as part of an effort to boost the Himalayan region's ailing tourism industry.

Sonia Gandhi, head of India's ruling Congress party, inaugurated the new airport, as well as state carrier Air India's first flight to Dubai from the Srinagar International Airport.

"The start of Dubai-Srinagar international flight will help people (of Kashmir), businessmen and promote tourism," Gandhi said in her speech.

Security was tight in the new airport, which has opened just a little over a month after a new chief minister took office, promising to help heal a region hit by two decades of separatist rebellion against Indian rule that has killed thousands.

Air India Express, a discount subsidiary of the state carrier, will operate a weekly flight to Dubai initially, with more flights and other airlines added at a later date, said Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

Kashmir was once a top Asian tourism destination, popular among honeymooners, skiers, trekkers and anglers, and attracting about a million tourists a year until 1989, when simmering anger against New Delhi's rule burst into a violent rebellion.

Recently, visitors have started returning to the scenic Valley as violence declined significantly after India and Pakistan, who claim the region in full but rule it in parts, started a slow-moving peace process in 2004.

Last year, nearly 500,000 visitors travelled to the Valley to see its beautiful landscapes, tourism officials say.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 04:25 AM   #2
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Old February 18th, 2009, 07:28 AM   #3
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looks shiny and new like a virgin
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Old February 21st, 2009, 06:51 AM   #4
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seems like the Airport Authority of India likes that kind of lattice work for the roof. They are building another small airport in the hill region with exactly the same lattice work.

Or maybe there is a scientific reason for doing so?
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Old February 21st, 2009, 08:16 AM   #5
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Looks good, although a bit dark.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #6
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not very bright; looks too gloomy.

not to mention that if you look closely, you will notice there are many imperfections. not a clean job. Especially look at the last two photos:

bad paint job! and in the last pic you will notice a missing/broken tile.

in the second last picture you will also notice that the white drywall is so unprofessionally done. and is unevenly cut. it simply just looks very messy.

indian authorities never have an eye for the small details.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 08:00 AM   #7
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looks a bit dark. But for a place like srinagar, Kashmir, it is a great achievement towards development.
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:03 AM   #8
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it's unfortunate that such small details take away from the project. but they do need to fix the lighting.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 12:02 PM   #9
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Looks good but could do with a lot more natural light filtering into the building. Would of been better with some glazing in that roof!!!!
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Old July 13th, 2010, 12:05 PM   #10
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The title should be Sheikh ul Alam Airport.
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Old August 5th, 2013, 05:16 AM   #11
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Srinagar International Airport is now the fastest growing international airport in India with an annual growth rate of passengers of 57%!

There were 1,632,098 passengers in 2011 (published in 2012) and is expected to be well over 2 million passengers presently, the 16th busiest in India.

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Old August 5th, 2013, 05:22 AM   #12
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The IATA code for Srinagar's International Airport is SXR.
Mods, please could you update the title to reflect the same?
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Old August 5th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #13
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The airport in general looks nice but they need to work much harder on the lighting. The lights are too high and too small for such a large space. Natural lighting would be the best solution to it.
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