Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Air India may launch non-stop Amritsar-Birmingham flight in 2018

Chandigarh: Air India is planning to start a non-stop Amritsar-Birmingham flight from next year. This will mean an easier flight home for the Punjabi diaspora in the Midlands region of UK.
"Air India is in process of exploring the possibility of operating flights between Amritsar and Birmingham in 2018," Sunil Sahore, counsel for the Air India told the Punjab and Haryana high court. He produced an e-mail from the Air India headquarters for conveying this to the high court, however, it also clarified that "no confirmed dates of operations can be given at this point of time."
Hearing the "informal" reply from Air India, a division bench comprising Justice A K Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal asked the airlines to submit their plans "in writing".
The development is significant, as the Air India had not only diverted the Amritsar-Birmingham flight to Delhi but also expressed unwillingness to re-start the direct flight from Amritsar.
The response from the Air India has come in the wake of a petition filed by Amritsar-based NGO, Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM), seeking resumption of non-stop Air India flights from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport Amritsar to London, Birmingham other destinations.
13/12/17 Ajay Sura/Times of India