Thursday, December 28, 2017

MP Aujla demands restoration of international AI flights from Amritsar

New Delhi: Congress MP from Amritsar Gurjeet Singh Aujla on Thursday raised the issue of discontinuation of Air India international flights from the holy city to London, Toronto and Singapore in Lok Sabha and demanded that the same should be restored noting that thousands of tourists and pilgrims come there every day to pay obeisance.
Responding to the Congress member’s demand, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju made an assurance to the House saying: “The honourable member has made a suggestion. We can put it to Air India and motivate them.”
Raising the issue during Question Hour Aujala said, “My question pertains to Shri Guru Ram Das ji International Airport in Amritsar. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit the Golden Temple to pay obeisance. Sometimes, the figure of tourists runs into lakhs. A recent assessment has put the number of arriving passengers at the airport at about two lakh.”
The Amritsar MP then went on to add that international flights from “Amritsar to Toronto, Amritsar to London and Amritsar to Singapore” were cancelled earlier. “I would urge upon the government to re-start international flights of Air India from Amritsar.”
28/12/17 Tribune