GO FIRST (formerly known as GoAir) achieved a milestone in Jammu & Kashmir by becoming the first airline to start direct domestic and international- passenger and cargo flights from Srinagar to Sharjah.
Operated by an Airbus A320neo, the maiden GO FIRST flight G8 1595 departed Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar at 18:00 hours and arrived in Sharjah at 21:00 hours. 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 the presence of Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and other dignitaries. Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia made his presence felt online from New Delhi.
The introduction of direct flight to Sharjah will boost trade and tourism between Srinagar and the UAE. As an early bird offer, passengers can book flights to Sharjah at just INR 5000/-. Booking passengers can log in to www.flygofirst.com or use the mobile app. 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, 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.”
The direct flights from Sharjah will offer seamless connections to Srinagar and beyond to Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu, Leh and Mumbai and vice versa.
GO FIRST operated by Go Airlines (India) Limited has taken initiatives for the development of air travel and cargo movement from Srinagar, Jammu and Leh.
Recently, GO FIRST operated the first night flight from Jammu following its successful operations of the first night flight from Srinagar. GO FIRST is the only airline appointed for the cargo movement of perishable horticultural and agricultural produce of J&K.
GO FIRST was also the first LCC to operate flights into Leh by getting new aircraft modified to operate on high altitude airports.