Saturday, October 29, 2016

AVM appeals Jet/Etihad to start direct International flights from Amritsar

In a major setback to the Punjabis, Jet Airways has once again left Sri Guru Ram Das Ji Airport, Amritsar out of its 2017 list for expansion of its flights to Abu Dhabi that serves as a convenient hub for travel beyond to destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North and South America. Jet and its partner Etihad Airways that holds 24% stake in Jet, has announced plans to further boost connectivity between India and the United Arab Emirates.

Amritsar Vikas Manch a local NGO patron, Dr. Charanjit Singh Gumtala stated that Punjabis have been demanding the start of this direct flight for a long time. Start of this flight would have allowed passengers to avail themselves of multiple travel options through Abu Dhabi to destinations in Europe, North & South America, Africa, Middle East and South East Asia on Jet’s partner Etihad airways. Etihad flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto and other destination in USA and Canada that has high Punjabi population. In 2009, Jet airways had withdrawn its flight to London from Amritsar and continue to connect passengers to international passengers via Delhi. This not only add long layover times for passengers at Delhi and it also gives more business to the Delhi Airport that is run by a private company.
28/10/16 Punjab News Express

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