Saturday, December 18, 2021

Qatar Airways suspends Doha-Amritsar flights

Amritsar: Bad news for international fliers, as Qatar Airways suspended Doha-Amritsar flights till March 31, 2022. Local residents and activists claimed that it was a major setback to the international connectivity of Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar, as it was the only foreign international airline carrier providing convenient connectivity with Europe, North America and other destinations around the world.

Passengers prefer flying directly from Amritsar to international destinations via Doha due to many factors. Now, they have no other choice left for them except to fly to Delhi.  — Sameep Singh Gumtala, convener, FlyAmritsar Initiative, local NGO

While the operation of scheduled international flights to India remains suspended until January 31, 2022, the airline was operating 3-weekly flights under air bubble agreements, now signed by India with over 33 countries.

The frequency was reduced to only two weekly flights for November and December. Now, all of a sudden, thousands of passengers got cancellation notices for all flights after December 18. Many of them who booked directly with the airline after contacting them are given the option to fly from Delhi or get a refund for their tickets. They are being told that due to air-bubble limitations, the airline is suspending its flights from Amritsar.

18/12/21 Charanjit Singh Teja/Tribune 

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