Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Amritsar Airport 3rd busiest in the country during lockdown

Amritsar: Suspension of international commercial flights by India during lockdown has disclosed the real potential of Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport Amritsar. In a press release, Sameep Singh Gumtala, Global Convener of the FlyAmritsar Initiative said that even during suspension offlights in the month of April, Amritsar became the third busiest airport in the country. Many countries operated special repatriation charter flights from the Airport to fly its residents back to their home country of residence.
Gumtala shared that as per recent traffic report released by Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the month of April 2020, Amritsar recorded a total of 5972 international and domestic passengers leaving behind all major airports in India except Delhi and Mumbai. Delhi was on the top with 20, 624 and Mumbai on second with 9051 passengers. A total of 5011 international passengers, also the third highest number among all international airports in the country. Delhi airport recorded 19514 followed by Mumbai with 7956 international passengers. All other major airports in India like Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata were also not near to the numbers handled by Amritsar.
A complete suspension of flights in late march left thousands of foreign nationals and residents stranded across the country including Punjab. The biggest number UK and Canada residents stranded in India was recorded in Punjab. To repatriate its citizens, their Consulates in India arranged special chartered flights operated by leading airline carriers including British Airways by the UK.
Amritsar handled the biggest number of flights from India to London Heathrow airport by UK and also by the Canadian foreign office to Toronto, Vancouver and Montrealto fly back Britons and Canadians. These overseas flights started in April and continued to operate till mid May 2020. According to unofficial estimates, the number of flights from Amritsarby UK and Canada is one of the biggest during the current crisis by these two countries from all over the World.
24/06/20 Punjab News Express
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