AN-32 Kargil Courier Service
AN-32 Kargil Courier Service

JAMMU — The Indian Air Force (IAF) executed a vital airlift operation on Monday, rescuing a total of 260 stranded passengers across Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. The initiative, known as the “Kargil Courier,” has emerged as a crucial lifeline for travellers in the region, having already facilitated the rescue of 1,551 individuals since its launch on January 22.

According to an official quoted by a local news agency, the Kargil Courier service, operated by the AN-32 aircraft, has become indispensable, particularly following the closure of the Srinagar-Leh National Highway due to heavy snowfall.

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The service operates three days a week between Jammu and Srinagar, and twice a week between Srinagar and Kargil, ensuring connectivity despite challenging weather conditions.

Highlighting the latest developments, the official reported that on Monday, a total of 113 passengers were airlifted from Srinagar to Kargil, while an additional 93 were rescued from Jammu to Kargil. Additionally, 38 passengers were transported from Kargil to Srinagar, and 16 from Kargil to Jammu in separate aircraft.

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