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Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport Amritsar gets new flights to Hyderabad, Goa, Bangkok, Mumbai

September 11, 2018 05:37 PM

Punjab News Express
AMRITSAR: There is good news for Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport as Indian airline carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and Jet Airways is starting new flights from the Winter season. Low-cost carrier Indigo will operate daily Hyderabad flight from the Airport from September 15, and SpiceJet is starting direct daily flights to Goa and Bangkok from November 6.

Similarly, Jet Airways will also connect Amritsar with the Manchester in the UK via Mumbai four days a week from November 6. The Jet flight will go to Mumbai and then passengers will connect to Manchester flight after about 1 hr.40 min. Booking for these flights are available on the airline's website.

Another joy for exporters, traders and business community of Punjab region is that SpiceJet’s dedicated cargo freighter arm Spice Xpress is also starting its maiden freight cargo operations from Amritsar Airport.

Yogesh Kamra, Co-Convenor of #FlyAmritsar Initiative and Additional Secretary Amritsar Vikas Manch in a press communique said that direct flights to Hyderabad will connect Punjab with the technology hub. Thousands of engineers from Punjab and visitors can now complete the journey in just 2 hours 45 minutes and Goa in just three hours.



Kamra said that these new direct flights will be a shot in the arm for international inbound and outbound tourism economies of Punjab and Thailand. Thailand will now be just 4.5 hours away from Amritsar and this non-stop International flight will also boost export of both perishable and dry cargo from Amritsar region and also open up opportunities for traders in Punjab. Overall, it is a win-win situation for both tourism & trade communities of both countries and these flights will help in creating numerous jobs for youth of our region.

It is noteworthy that Yogesh Kamra in May 2018 also requested Thailand Ambassador to India ChutintornGongsakdiknown as Ambassador Sam on twitter for the start of Bangkok flight by Thailand airline carriers. Ambassador in his tweet in July 2018 wrote that Thai carrier Nok Air has sought permission from the Indian government to start flights from Tier 2 cities by November that includes Amritsar. It remains to be seen if Nok Air will still start the flight from Amritsar after the announcement by SpiceJet..

Even many Punjabistraveling to Punjab for holidays from abroad, can now take advantage of these direct flights to visit other direct and international short duration destinations from Amritsar. Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are already connected with Amritsar by low-cost carriers with many Punjabi and foreign tourists travelling on these flights.

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