New Delhi: In a first, budget airline Go First, formerly known as GoAir, has operated the night flight from Jammu to Delhi, reports news agency IANS. The flight ‘G8 196’ – took off at 8 PM on Friday and was operated on Airbus A320neo. “Going forward, Go First will operate scheduled flights from Jammu to Delhi and Srinagar. This heralds the beginning of a new era for the union territory that has long advocated the introduction of night flights for better connectivity with the rest of the country,” the airlines said in a statement.Also Read - Attention Air Passengers: Now You Can Travel With Your Pets on Akasa Air, Bookings Open From Oct 15

Notably, the airline will operate four flights a week from Jammu on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to Delhi and three flights from Jammu on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to Srinagar, respectively. “This initiative will assist the farming community and also strengthen the tourism sector, which plays a major role in the economic growth of the region,” said Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer, Go First: Also Read - Domestic Flights: Akasa Air to Begin Flights to Guwahati, Agartala From Next Month | Check Ticket Fare

“We will continue to provide better connectivity and play a role in the economic development of J&K. Go First is also strengthening the network across the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir by enhancing the number of flights to-and-from Jammu to Delhi and Srinagar,” Khona added. Also Read - Travel to Vietnam: Vietjet Launches 2 New Routes Connecting Phu Quoc, 'Pearl Island' to Delhi, Mumbai

Earlier this year, the carrier signed an MoU with the J&K government for the transport of perishable horticulture and agriculture produce to international markets at competitive rates. This is a boon to farmers in the region and is aiding them generate an optimum return for their produce, the airline said.

(With inputs from IANS)