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Kargil, nestled amidst the breathtaking Himalayas, witnessed a historic moment on January 22nd, 2024, with the commencement of the AN-32 Courier Service. This vital initiative promises to bridge the gap in connectivity, fostering economic growth and streamlining travel for the region’s residents.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by several distinguished figures, including Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Kargil, Dr Mohd Jaffer Akhoon, Secretary Civil Aviation, UT Ladakh, Ravinder Dangi, and Deputy Commissioner/CEO, LAHDC, Kargil, Shrikant Suse. Their presence underscored the significance of this service for the betterment of Kargil.

Dr Jaffer extended a warm welcome to the Indian Air Force Pilots and expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Government of India, Indian Air Force, UT Ladakh Administration, Secretary Civil Aviation, District Administration, Ladakh Police, and Air Force Station Kargil for their invaluable contribution in making this project a reality.

Demonstrating his commitment to efficient service, Dr Jaffer instructed the Liaison Officers and ALOs to ensure the seamless operation of the AN-32 Courier Service. He meticulously inspected the heating facilities and other essential services, leaving no stone unturned for a hassle-free travel experience.

The CEC emphasized the role of the AN-32 Courier Service in revolutionizing travel for Kargil. He envisioned it as a catalyst for streamlined connectivity, opening doors to economic opportunities and fostering closer ties with the rest of the country.

The momentous occasion was marked by the successful maiden flight from Kargil to Jammu, carrying 11 passengers. The flight was expertly operated by Gp Capt Saurabh Karmatar, Sqn Leader A. Nautiyal, Sqn Leader Kanwarpreet, Flight Leader Ashwini, Two Kaptans, and Sgt Shekhawat, whose dedication and skill made the inaugural journey a resounding success.