Friday, July 17, 2020

Amritsar airport 2nd in handling international traffic in May

Amritsar: The Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (SGRDJI), Amritsar, became the second busiest international airport in India to handle international traffic during the month of May, 2020. The UK and Canada continued to operate special repatriation flights for its stranded residents due to Covid-19 induced lockdown.
Sameep Singh Gumtala, Global Convener of FlyAmritsar Initiative, said Amritsar continued to be one of the busiest airports in the country during lockdown, which has once again proved its real potential for international traffic to UK, Canada and other countries. Gumtala stated that as per the recently released monthly traffic report from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the month of May, Amritsar, recorded the second highest total of 11,681 international passengers, leaving behind all major airports in India. Delhi airport was on the top with 40,212 and Mumbai was third with 10,280 passengers.

A complete suspension of flights in late March had left thousands of foreign nationals and residents stranded across the country. The Canadian and British Consulate in India started special flights in April to repatriate its citizens. Due to the huge number of their residents stranded in Punjab, these overseas flights continued to operate for the month of May and these were operated by the world’s leading airline carriers, British and Qatar Airways.

The British government arranged a total of 28 from April till May 15, 2020 that flew around 8,271 Britons back home. The Canadian government also operated a total of 25 flights to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, repatriating almost 7,516 Canadians from Amritsar. According to unofficial estimates, the airport handled maximum flights from Canada and UK. In addition to this, the airport also handled special repatriation flights to Malaysia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and USA.
16/07/20 Tribune/Tribune
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