Monday, February 19, 2018

AirAsia India's New Offer: Avail 20% Discount On Flight Tickets

AirAsia India is offering 20 per cent discount on domestic flight tickets under a special promotional scheme. AirAsia India's parent AirAsia is also offering 20 per cent discount on international flight tickets. AirAsia's discount offer on base fares of domestic and international flight tickets is valid till February 25, 2018. AirAsia is offering discounts on flights flying to Bengaluru, New Delhi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, among others on domestic routes. On international routes, the airline is offering discounts on flights flying to Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Bangkok and many more, said AirAsia on it's official The travel period for AirAsia's offer starts on February 26, 2018 and ends on July 31, 2018, except on a few routes.

For flights flying between Bangkok to Chengdu, the travel period starts on February 26, 2018 and ends on March 25, 2018, AirAsia said. For flights flying between Bangkok and Tiruchirappalli, the travel period starts on February 25, 2018 and ends on February 28, 2018. For flights flying between Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan, the travel period starts on March 25, 2018 and ends on July 31, 2018. Also, the travel period for availing this discount offer starts on March 25, 2018 and ends on July 31, 2018 for flights between Bangkok to Chumphon.
19/02/18 NDTV

MADC eyeing Changi’s expertise for Purandar

Pune: The Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) is exploring the possibility of using the technical expertise of the Singapore-based Changi Airports International (CAI) to develop three MADC-managed airports, including the proposed new airport for Pune at Purandar.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MADC and CAI — focused on collaboration — has been in place since September last year.
See Ngee Muoy, the spokesperson for Changi Airports International told TOI that talks between both the parties on this matter have been on.
“Changi Airports International and the Maharashtra Airport Development Company signed an MoU on September 29 to promote mutual collaboration in the area of civil aviation. Discussions to extend technical advisory services by Changi Airports International to Maharashtra Airport Development Company are still in progress,” Ngee Muoy said in a written response to a TOI query.
MADC officials, meanwhile, said assistance and guidance from CAI were expected to be sought in matters related to the proposed Purandar airport project.
19/02/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

Woman arrested with gold worth Rs 33 lakh at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: Air Intelligence Unit of Customs has arrested a woman along with a man while they were trying to smuggle 1200 gram gold worth Rs 33 lakh after avoiding duty at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on early Sunday.
The woman had concealed six gold bars in her bra and rectum. The man was coming from Tokyo from a flight had handed over the gold to the woman who had boarded the flight at airport in Delhi. It was Tokyo- Mumbai flight via Delhi.
Customs officials stated that they had specific input that a person, Vicky Dodeja, coming from Tokyo along with the gold. They followed his movement after he landed at the airport in Mumbai. Afterwards they intercepted him for questioning. They searched him personally and examined his bag but didn’t find any valuable.
Officials suspected someone in the flight helped him to transfer the gold outside the airport. First they decided to keep close eye of domestic passengers who boarded the flight at Delhi. On suspicion they intercepted once of the domestic passenger Neetu Rohra. They examined her on metal detector which indicated that she was carrying gold.
Initially she denied of any wrong doing, but afterwards she confessed that he had concealed gold bars in her bra and rectum.
18/02/18 Vijay V Singh/Times of India

Delhi youth held in Imphal with smuggled gold

New Delhi: An 18-year-old Delhi youth was caught at Imphal Airport on Sunday while trying to smuggle three gold bars weighing 500 grammes in a body cavity on to a flight, a CISF official said.

Mohit Kishan was held during pre embarkation security check for a Delhi-bound Indigo flight at around 9 p.m.

"We noticed presence of metal in a body cavity of the passenger.

He was taken to a separate place for thorough checking. On enquiry, he revealed he was carrying gold concealed inside his rectum," said Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Assistant Inspector General Hemendra Singh.
18/02/18 IANS/Business Standard

Delhi youth held in Imphal with smuggled gold

Imphal/New Delhi: An 18-year-old Delhi youth was caught at Imphal Airport on Sunday while trying to smuggle three gold bars weighing 500 grammes in a body cavity on to a flight, a CISF official said.

Mohit Kishan was held during pre embarkation security check for a Delhi-bound Indigo flight at around 9 p.m.

“We noticed presence of metal in a body cavity of the passenger. He was taken to a separate place for thorough checking. On enquiry, he revealed he was carrying gold concealed inside his rectum,” said Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Assistant Inspector General Hemendra Singh.

5.2 kg of party drug worth Rs 30 crore seized

Kochi: Claimed to be the biggest ever drug haul in the state, the enforcement and anti-narcotic special squad of the excise department on Saturday seized 5.2 kg of methylenedioxy methamphetamine (MDMA) worth around `30 crore in the international market from Athani near Nedumbassery International Airport.
Palakkad natives Abdul Salam, 34, and Faizal, 35, were arrested while they were en route to hand over the drugs to a person who was waiting at the airport to board a flight to Kuwait.

The special squad arrested the duo after intercepting their car and seizing the drugs concealed in two trolley bags. The drugs had been wrapped using two layers of carbon paper in a bid to evade scanning. “The duo were working as couriers,” said joint excise commissioner P K Manoharan.

“A Keralite by the name of ‘Bhai’ was operating the drug network from Kuwait through WhatsApp and Facebook.

The duo are part of the network. They reached Kochi after collecting the drug from Palakkad railway station as per Bhai’s information. “Though we got information about the Kuwait person, the details will be revealed after collecting crucial evidence.”According to him, the special squad had been tracking the movement of the gang for the past three-four months.“Recently, the Kuwaiti police had arrested a person named Clement of Vypeen. We started tracking his friends and contacts. The information collected helped us to nab the duo,” said assistant excise inspector Sudeep Kumar N P.
19/02/18 New Indian Express

Rafale Jet Deal: Mother of all defence scams

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) glorious feats in wars since 1947 have been in consonance with the force’s motto of “Touch the sky with glory.” However, the process of its latest acquisition, Rafale, a 4.5 generation omnirole combat aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation, France, is so opaque, nepotistic and shrouded in secrecy, that it may turn out to be the mother of all defence scams in the history of India.
It was in September 2016 that the deal for 36 aircraft for ?58,000 crore was finalised with the signing of the Inter- Governmental Agreement (IGA) by then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves le Drian in New Delhi. It had been announced a year earlier by PM Modi in Paris. Basically, India would pay a whopping ?1,611 crore for each of the planes, the same planes for which the UPA government was paying ?526 crore per unit. The UPA government had floated a tender to purchase 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft and the Rafale was chosen over five other competitors.
The irony is that while inflation plus weapons package cannot justify this huge difference in per aircraft cost, the UPA’s price included transfer of technology (ToT), under which 108 aircraft would have been built by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Under this current deal, there is no ToT as all 36 planes have been ordered on a fly-away basis. So, several questions arise. Why were orders for seven squadrons cut down to two? Why is there such a massive price escalation in spite of no transfer of technology? Where is this money going? Why is Dassault partnering with Reliance Aerospace in India and, in the absence of ToT, what are the offset obligations of Dassault? And there are many more such questions. Till date, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has not answered any of them.
Incumbent Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s written reply to Parliament on February 5 this year that the government is not aware of the Indian partner of Dassault Aviation has taken what was murky into the realm of the unreal. When the joint venture company of Dassault and the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Aerospace laid down the foundation stone of its facility in Nagpur in October, 2017, BJP leaders like Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari were present. The JV was formed 13 months before the deal was announced and it’s in the public domain. So why this denial?
What is perhaps most crucial is the betrayal of national interest on part of the Modi Sarkar by superseding the public sector HAL, which has extensive experience in the aer¬ospace industry in favour of the Anil Ambani-led company, which has zero experience in the defence sector. Under the deal mooted by the erstwhile UPA government, HAL was to get a ?30,000-crore business share in the project, which would have kept its production lines alive. It had signed an agreement to this effect with Dassault on March 13, 2014.
Pallam Raju, former MoS of Defence, told National Herald, “By deleting HAL from the deal, the Modi government has destroyed the whole ecosystem which we had created through the UPA’s offset policy. Thousands of jobs and working hours would have been added if the government had gone forward with the older deal. The deal exposes the sham of Modi’s ‘Make in India.’ Otherwise, he would not have deprived HAL of the chance of producing 108 of these planes.”
18/02/18 Bhasha Singh/National Herald

1,200gms of gold valued at Rs.33 lkah seized at airport

Mumbai: Customs officials recovered six gold bars valued at Rs 33.46 lakh from a male and afemale passenger travelling on an Air India Tokyo-Delhi-Mumbai flight at Mumbai airport early morning on Sunday.

Based on specific intelligence, officers of the Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs intercepted an Indian passenger identified as Vicky Shamlal Dodeja, who alighted from Air India flight AI 191 from Tokyo to Mumbai via Delhi. A search of his baggage revealed nothing incriminating. However, another passenger identified as Neetu Rohra, who travelled on the same flight from Delhi to Mumbai, was intercepted after she crossed the green channel.

“A search of her person led to the recovery of three heavy packets wrapped in black adhesive tape. Six cut pieces of gold with foreign markings were seized. They collectively weighed 1,200 grams and are valued at Rs 33.46 lakh,” said a senior official.
When Rohra was questioned, she admitted that while boarding AI 191 at Delhi airport, Dodeja had handed over the packet to her. She admitted to possession, carriage, concealment and recovery of the gold being smuggled into India in violation of the Customs Act, 1962. Both passengers were arrested.
19/02/18 Mumbai Mirror

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Modi lays foundation stone for Navi Mumbai airport

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the foundation plaque at the ground breaking ceremony for Navi Mumbai International airport in Mumbai on Sunday. He also inaugurated the fourth container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port.

“A day before the Jayanti of the great Shivaji Maharaj, I got the opportunity to come to Maharashtra. Globalisation is a reality of our times and to keep pace with it, we need top quality infrastructure. The Sagarmala project is ushering development of ports. The government is devoting significant efforts towards the development of waterways,” Mr. Modi said.

"Issue of Navi Mumbai airport has been pending for years. This is not the only project that is pending. When I assumed office, I realised there were several such projects. That is why, we began a Pragati initiative and gave priority to completion of projects."

"In our country, nearly 450 planes are operational. 900 new planes will be bought this year. Aviation sector is moving ahead," he said.

The JNPT's fourth container terminal's phase I has been completed in a record time at a cost of ₹4,719 crore.

On January 8, 2018, GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited (GVKPIL) had announced the signing of the concession agreement for this airport project. The agreement was signed through the creation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV), i.e. Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (NMIAL) with CIDCO, which is the nodal authority of Maharashtra government for implementation of this project.
18/02/18 The Hindu

Civil aviation in India: Flying high despite glitches

The civil aviation sector in India, in 2017, came on primetime news for all the wrong reasons. There were two main issues that were highlighted in the print and electronic media. One was the strategic disinvestment of Air India while the other was on the incidents of clashes between the passengers (some high profile ones) and the airlines crew.

But the good news which is yet to capture the public eye is the rapidly increasing size and growth of the sector. According to the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the first 11 months of 2017, recorded 10.6 crore people who flew within the country compared to 9.9 crore during the whole of 2016, improving further when the December 2017 value gets added. In fact, there could be a better rise, in view of the fact that the November 2017 passenger count of domestic travelers recorded a phenomenal growth of 17 per cent over its  corresponding  figure for November 2016.

While these statistics can be considered healthy, there are skeptics who suspect base effect as the reason for such a growth in November 2017 because of November 2016 being the famous ‘demonetisation month’. But such skepticism is unwarranted as the Government of India’s official figures, released at the end of December 2016 did specify that demonetisation had very little, if at all any, effect on air travel.

One thing that is clear is that passengers travelling by air, in India, are definitely on the rise and the year-on-year growth for individual months is also showing a visible increase, notwithstanding the small fluctuations here and there. The civil aviation industry in India has thus emerged as one of the fastest growing industries since 2013 and India is currently considered the third largest domestic civil aviation market in the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is predicting a rapid growth for this sector in India in the coming years too.

Rise in personal disposable incomes is definitely one of the reasons for this growth in this sector. Apart from this, there is an interesting scheme called UDAN-Ude Desh ki Aam Nagrik (let the common citizen of the country fly) which can have a potential impact on future ridership. This is a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) of Government of India aimed at making air travel affordable. The scheme also seeks to boost air transport infrastructure development of all regions and states of India. Under this initiative, the airlines will have to sell a required number of seats by capping the price at Rs 2,500 per hour of flight journey to regionally underserved airports. The Government will compensate them for this.
As a part of this scheme, several underserved regional airports are developed and their operational readiness is enhanced. The Government compensation to the airline operators is   through a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) model with contributions from the Union Government, State Governments and Airport Operators. Five  airlines were awarded 128 fixed wing flight routes to 70 airports in the UDAN-RCS Round-I bidding held in April 2017. Recent data tells us that around 13 regional airports have commenced RCS UDAN operations.
18/02/18 Srinath Rangarajan/Pioneer

Bagdogra Airport set to clear visibility hurdle

Bagdogra: The Bagdogra Airport in North Bengal is set to get a major boost with the commissioning of Category II Instrumental Landing System (CAT II ILS) from March 29, a top Airports Authority of India official said.

Once the new system is in place, the airport will be able to operate flights even when the visibility is as low as 350 metres, the official said.

Flight landings at the airport get affected round the year, especially in the mornings. At present, a minimum visibility of 1,200 metres is required for an aircraft to land at the airport, he added.

The notification on the commissioning of CAT II ILS at Bagdogra Airport was issued by AAI headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.

"The morning slot at our airport is not utilized at present as the airlines are reluctant to operate flights between 6 am and 11 am due to poor visibility," Director of Bagdogra Airport Rakesh R Sahay told PTI.

The visibility at the airport generally drops below 500 metres in the morning.
"Be it fog, shallow fog or heavy rain, the new system will now allow flights to land even when the visibility ranges between 500 metres and 350 metres," Sahay said.

18/02/18 PTI/India Today

The Indian female pilots ruling skies across the globe

Teacher and flying instructor, Audrey Deepika Maben, 42, has never ventured out of India before. Yet she seems like the perfect candidate to undertake an epic journey that will make her an instant member of that small club of women who have circumnavigated the globe in single-engine planes. This month, Audrey will take off from Delhi in the dinky motor glider Pipistrel Sinus 912 that weighs less than a family of four and whose wings hover just slightly over her 5ft3in frame.

Between teaching and flying and bringing up her children, Audrey never really had any time or money left for international travel. “Yet mummy always said the day she steps out, she’ll see the world,” says her 18-year-old daughter Amy, the eldest of three siblings, who will join her mother as they fly 50,000km through 21 countries in 54 sorties on a historic 80-day flight on a microlight plane. So far, the longest Audrey’s own is 2,500km in five days in 2003, the centenary year of man’s first flight. It was a record for an Indian woman.

Amy was named after Amy Johnson, the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia. She started flying when she was in her mother’s womb, and has often been her mother’s co-pilot on cross-country flights. Now she’s planning the playlist for this journey. Should she introduce her mother to British rock bank Arctic Monkeys and 1990s cult rapper Tupac Shakur? How many ABBA songs is too much? Pink Floyd will definitely make the cut.

The two women won’t be able to carry much more than music and some chocolate. They’ll have to depend on the ground team tracking their flight for a fresh set of clothes at every stop. They will fly not more than six hours every day, with one pitstop. Flying even for a couple of hours in an unpressurised microlight can get tiring. “Imagine throwing a paper plane on a windy day and see the way it gets tossed around,” says Audrey about flying this plane.

Flying first entered Audrey’s consciousness when fighter planes from Ozar Airport flew over her school in Nashik. That was her cue to start running wildly in the direction of the aircraft, eyes glued to the sky. By 15, she was an NCC cadet, a wisp of a girl, going on training sorties in open-cockpit, two-seater planes such as the Sedbergh, her pockets weighed down with coins to increase her weight and balance the plane better.
We meet at Bengaluru’s Jakkur Aerodrome, where Audrey flew her first microlight shortly after Amy was born. Back then, Audrey had a routine. After parking the baby under the shade of a peepal tree, she’d feed Amy, fly, come back to feed, fly again. The ground staff would raise a flag if the baby cried while her mother was in the air.
18/02/18 Priya Ramani/Vogue

Travellers on red-eye flights to face delays at airport

Chennai: Travellers reaching Chennai on red-eye flights late at night may have to wait longer to get their bags at the domestic terminal as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has started work near the main runway to straighten a taxiway. Since the work will be taken up at night and the main runway will be closed at the time, a few domestic flights will be taxiing to the remote parking bays near the second runway.
This means passengers will be ferried from the remote parking bays to the domestic terminal in shuttle buses that will have to cover around 5km. Though the buses may reach the terminals quickly, the bags may not because slow-moving battery-operated vehicles bring the trolleys to the terminal.
“We are trying to rope in trucks to shift the bags to the terminal. Passengers may experience delays in reaching the terminal and receiving bags on the conveyor belt for nine months because the work to straighten the taxiway is entering a crucial phase. The runway closure is also being done under the condition that it has to be released for flights in less than an hour in case of an emergency,” said a senior AAI official.
Domestic airlines operate around five to six red-eye flights from other cities and park the planes in the remote bay overnight so that they can be operated as early morning services from Chennai. The work and the runway closure will affect only those flights. “The number of passengers who take red-eye flights is increasing because they are cheaper. Some flyers may also want to connect to an international flight. These passengers are likely to face delays because of the work,” he added.
18/02/18 Times of India

TTAG urges AAI to waive off penalty for charter arrival delays

Panaji: In a bid to boost charter flights to Goa, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has urged Airports Authority of India (AAI) to waive off penalty in case of delayed arrivals and refund the deposit.
AAI is charging a slot fee/penalty of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 from charter operators for delays caused by weather and operating conditions in its place of origin. TTAG feels that this deposit for slot charging fee/penalty needs to be withdrawn.
“We have no issue in keeping a slot deposit to safeguard against the possibility of operators blocking slots and not utilising them. However, in other countries there is no such rule. On the contrary, charter operators are given subsidy/incentives as they bring huge groups of tourists whereas we don’t offer any schemes. At least charter airlines should not be imposed a fine for any delay in arrival,” TTAG President Savio Messias told Herald after the association’s meeting with AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mahapatra at Benaulim on Friday.
TTAG also urged AAI that slots be finalised and allocated before the commencement of the charter season. “Historically we used to operate from 8.30 am to 1pm, but last season, this facility was withdrawn by AAI and we faced difficulties. We request that the 8.30-1pm slot be reinstated for smooth operation of charter flights and domestic slots should start from 1pm. This would go a long way to avoid mixing up of passengers,” the association president said.
The tourism stakeholder also suggested that AAI and Indian Navy give sufficient notice to airline operators about plans to carry out major works related to the runaway, apron or airport building.
18/02/18 Herald

AAI terminates licences for ground handling services at airports

New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to terminate the licences for ground handling services at various aerodromes as part of implementing the new rules for such activities, according to a senior official.

Less than two months after the civil aviation ministry came out with the new ground handling services regulations, the AAI has decided to cancel the existing licenses given to such service providers and go for fresh tendering process. Under the new norms, domestic scheduled airline operators and helicopters can carry out ground handling on their own.
Confirming the move to terminate the existing licenses for ground handling services, AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told that it has been done to "ensure a level playing field" for the ground handling agencies. AAI manages around 125 airports, including 78 domestic aerodromes and 26 civil enclaves.
"In order to implement the Ground Handling Services Regulations 2017 in letter and spirit, the AAI has taken a policy decision to terminate all existing licenses awarded for ground handling services at its airports and for inducting ground handling agencies through fresh tenders," as per a communication.
This is one of the communications sent out by the AAI to a ground handling agency. Ground handling services include aircraft cleaning and servicing, loading and unloading of food and beverages, besides cargo and luggage handling at the airports.
18/02/18 PTI/Economic Times

Welcome To The Worst Airport In India

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose would definitely not have approved. A strict disciplinarian and a stickler for order and efficiency, the founder of the Indian National Army (INA) would have been horrified by the prevailing state of affairs at the sprawling swanky airport in Kolkata named after him.

The present integrated terminal (T2) of the airport was inaugurated by former president Pranab Mukherjee on 20 January 2013. The massive steel and glass structure even won accolades and the new terminal was adjudged by the Airport Council International as 'Best Improved Terminal' (for Asia-Pacific region) award for the two consecutive years of 2014 and 2015. It's another matter that the old terminal (T1) was so bad that even repainting its walls – leave apart constructing a glitzy new one – --would have been considered a vast improvement.

But the new terminal always suffered from an intrinsic organic malaise: it's management lay not with a private operator but the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The heavily unionised and wayward AAI employees are singularly responsible for the present sorry state of the airport that was built at a cost of Rs 2,300 crore. The AAI Employees Union had consistently and successfully resisted moves by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the AAI management (which knows the nature of its lower level employees very well) to privatise operations at the airport.

The result (of AAI handling airport operations) is there for all to see. The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is a living testimony to the truth of the adage of not judging a book by its cover. The airport structure looks good and the architecture is distinctive. But many things are rotten inside. The washrooms are in a state of perpetual mess and emanate a foul odour. Leaking faucets, stained walls and overflowing bins are the result of callous staff who know that no matter what they do (or don't do), their jobs are secure.
18/02/18 Jaideep Mazumdar/Swarajya

Indigo Airlines Mumbai-Lucknow flight delayed, passengers create ruckus at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: Agitated passengers of the Indigo Airlines Mumbai-Lucknow created a ruckus at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport after the flight got delayed for nearly five hours on Saturday evening.

The Lucknow-bound flight was scheduled to depart at 7:35 PM. The agitated passengers alleged that the ground staff misbehaved with them.

"Indigo people have misbehaved with us they did not allow us to board the flight and made us wait for more than an hour. They don't have provisions, it is very inconvenient," said a passenger in a selfie video.

Another passenger accused the flight authorities of not communicating with them in a proper way.

18/02/18 ANI/Times Now

GoAir, JetAirways, AirAsia Offer Discount On Domestic Fares On Select Routes

Gone are the days when passengers had to pay hefty amount of money for booking flight tickets. Amid high competition, now airlines are coming up with discounted offers on domestic flight tickets. GoAir is currently offering domestic flight tickets starting at a price of Rs. 991. AirAsia India is offering domestic flight tickets at a starting price of Rs. 1,699. Jet Airways is also offering 20 per cent discount on domestic flight tickets on select routes. These discounted flight tickets can be easily booked from particular airline's website.

GoAir's discount on domestic flight tickets

GoAir airline is offering domestic flight tickets starting at an all-inclusive price of Rs. 991 on select routes. According to GoAir's, the discounted fares are part of GoAir's special 'Holi long weekend' scheme. Customers can also avail an extra 10 per cent off on domestic flight tickets by booking through HDFC Bank debit and credit cards, GoAir added on its website. The promo code for the same is 'GOHDFC10'. Airlines special fares are valid across selective fare types, added GoAir on the website. (Read more)

AirAsia's discount on domestic flight tickets

AirAsia is offering domestic flight tickets at a starting all-inclusive price of Rs. 1,699 and on select routes under 'BeatTheBudget' promotional sale. AirAsia's discounted flight tickets offer is valid on travel till July 31, 2018 and bookings are open till February 18, 2018, according to the airline's website ( Under this promotional sale, AirAsia is offering discounted tickets on domestic flights flying to Bengaluru, New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, among others.
18/02/18 NDTV

Birmingham flight starts tomorrow

Amritsar: The maiden direct flight between Amritsar and Birmingham will take off on February 20. MP Rajya Sabha Shwait Malik and Union Minister of State and BJP state president Vijay Sampla will inaugurate the flight at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar.
The flight was announced by Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha in November 2016.
The Air India’s direct non-stop flight between Amritsar and Birmingham will fly twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday and return from Birmingham on Wednesday and Friday.
This flight will take off from the city at 13:55 IST and land at Birmingham Airport by 17:15 BST and will depart from Birmingham Airport at 18:45 BST and land at SGRD Amritsar Airport by 07:45 IST.
18/02/18 Tribune