Sunday, April 08, 2018

Jalandhar's Adampur domestic airport to become operational as flights set to take off from May 1

The Adampur domestic airport in Jalandhar to become full functional from May 1 as flights are set to take off from next month. Homegrown airline SpiceJet will start booking flights from April 14. Jalandhar deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told TOI that the airport is all set for inauguration as the entire civil work has already been completed. He said that the visitor and VIP lounge are also ready along with high-powered X-ray machines.

"The operator has already started setting up its paraphernalia at the airport to start the booking of tickets on April 14, the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar," he said.

Besides, Punjab BJP president and Union minister Vijay Sampla reportedly is in talks with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to allow Air India Express to commence its flights from Adampur.
While there are presently six flights running between Delhi and Amritsar, none of the airlines operators have shown willingness to have a stopover at Adampur.

At present, Jet Airways is operating three flights between Amritsar and Delhi, Air India is also operating a flight between these two cities.
Among the international airlines Air Canada and Air France are also operating two flights in the region.

Meanwhile, Disinvestment-bound Air India has approached aviation regulator DGCA for renewal of its flying permit, expiring in June, amid the government scouting for potential buyer for the loss-making carrier, sources said.
A senior official at the disinvestment-bound national carrier said that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has already renewed the Scheduled Operator Permit (SOP) of Air India's international budget arm Air India Express recently.
08/04/18 DNA