The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah on 7 January 2013 launched the first civil aviation service from Kargil to Jammu. Mantra Airlines would be the company that will be operating the civil airline services, from Jammu to Kargil.
The landing of the 17-seater aircraft at Kargil marked a history in itself, as before this there has been no occasion, when a civil passenger aircraft has been spotted or landed at Kargil. Mantra Airlines conducted a trial run between Jammu and Kargil on 3 November 2012.
Before this, AN-32 aircraft an Indian Air Force aircraft had been offering the services between Jammu-Kargil Sector and Srinagar-Kargil Sector thrice and once a week respectively. AN-32 aircraft takes 40 to 45 passengers at a time. It charges 1450 rupees for Jammu-Kargil route and 1100 rupees for Srinagar-Jammu route.