NEW DELHI, May 30 (1999):The main airport in India’s Kashmir state reopened for civilian traffic Sunday after a four-day closure to facilitate aerial strikes on Islamic guerrillas, officials here said.
Air vice marshal S.K. Malik said the airport at Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital, received an Indian Airlines Airbus from New Delhi after it resumed operations.
The Srinagar airport was taken over by the Indian Air Force on Wednesday as New Delhi launched fierce air strikes on Moslem militants occupying key hills on Kashmir’s border with Pakistan.
The airport’s sudden closure forced hundreds of tourists in the Kashmir valley to take the road to Jammu, the state’s winter capital, to travel to other parts of India.