With Union Territory status coming into existence in Jammu and Kashmir from October 31 will there be the age-old tradition of Darbar Move on? The erstwhile state has been adopting the practice of shifting capital in summers to cool climes of Srinagar and in winters to Jammu as was introduced by the maharaja. But this year when all the bureaucratic exercises is on the air services to Jammu airport from other parts of the country will remain suspended from October 1 to October 15 as the re-carpeting of runway would be on. As the rules of the Union Territory are scheduled to be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir from October 31, for which the preparations are being done by all agencies concerned, the air connectivity will be a hurdle for the officials concerned. It looks the Civil Secretariat will also open early this time in Jammu as deadline for the Union Territory to come into existence is from October 31. As the Jammu Airport is a defence airport, it is being used by the Indian Air Force, state aircraft and some other jets the runway expansion work surely will impact the transition process to some extent. The expansion of the runway was much awaited with the number of flights and heavy aircrafts in operations. The expansion of the runway is expected to be up to 8,000 feet from the existing 6,700 feet. Jammu Airport operates nearly 20 flights per day for Delhi, Srinagar, Mumbai, Bathianda, Luknow and some other important cities, which are catering to travellers, including tourists, pilgrims and security personnel in the winter capital. The flight connectivity for Jammu-Srinagar is high on demand for the past more than a year, as the regular landslide of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and four-laning work has made it difficult for the travellers to visit Kashmir Valley. The air service is the only connectivity to Ladakh region of the state with Jammu, during winters. As the preparations are in full swing to finalise the guidelines for the Union Territory, officials and ministers coming from Delhi may find some difficulties in getting air connectivity from Jammu to Srinagar and Delhi.