Amritsar: After Malaysia’s Malindo Air announced to start
flights between Amritsar and Kuala Lumpur from this month, SpiceJet also is to begin operating to Dubai from the holy city from November 15.
The two announcements have come as a major boost for Amritsar’s Sree Guru Ram Dass Ji International Airport, which has lost a few international operators over the past few years. Malindo’s service will start from October 25, while SpiceJet has started its ticket sales for the Amritsar-Dubai flights from Friday. Air India Express already has flight between Amritsar and Dubai, but the Spicejet operation will widen the choice for passengers. The flight will operate on all days except Saturday.
An airline official said, “We expect a good response to the Dubai flight, as many travellers to the Gulf are from this city and the northern region.” Travel planner Jatinder Gupta said: “The Malaysian flight will also help north-region people get connecting flights to Indonesia, Thailand and other South East Asian destinations.”
In the past, Singapore Airlines, British Midland International and few other international operators have stopped flying out of Amritsar. Even Air India stopped its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight. With new flight, the airport hopes of gain lost ground. Airport director V Venkateshwar Rao said: “Malindo also has opened a booking counter.” Qatar Airways, Air India Express, Turkmenistan Airlines, and Uzbekistan Airlines are the current international flight operators in Amritsar.