Dreamliner connecting Amritsar to Birmingham takes off
In a boost to the Sree Guru Ram Das Jee International, Air India's much awaited connection to Birmingham started on Thursday as the Dreamliner, carrying 129 UK bound passengers, took off from the Airport on Thursday.punjab Updated: Aug 01, 2013 19:10 IST
In a boost to the Sree Guru Ram Das Jee International, Air India's much awaited connection to Birmingham started on Thursday as the Dreamliner, carrying 129 UK bound passengers, took off from the Airport on Thursday.
On the first day of this Amritsar-Delhi-Birmingham flight, there were total 213 passengers boarding the aircraft out which 129 were travelling to Birmingham.
The Birmingham connection comes as a major relief for the region as there are many people who have relatives in United Kingdom. It will help people of Punjab as well as the neighbouring states.
Apart from the passengers, the airport which is suffering from major losses has a great hope from this connection and expects that it will bring some relief.
Although the infrastructure at the airport has improved in past few years but withdrawal of flights have been a major and a consistent issue. Many international airlines including Singapore, London flights of Jet airways, BMI and couple of others had pulled out of Amritsar, affecting airport's finances.
The Birmingham flight was operational from airport here in the past but was stopped four years back bringing criticism for the airlines and loses for the airport.
But now again with the restarting the Amritsar-Birmingham flight via Delhi, there is some hope. The flight is operated by Air India's new Dreamliner aircraft and the passengers don't have to change the aircraft during halt in Delhi.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has 18 executive class seats and about 240 economy class seats. The Air India official also detailed that flight will be operational on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Talking to HT, airport director Suneel Dutt said, "The connection to Birmingham is a major boost not only for passengers but also for the airport. But it would have been even better if the flight would have gone directly to Birmingham and not via Delhi."
From Amritsar there are more passengers and potential for Birmingham. Other than this, with operating Amritsar-Delhi-Birmingham, we lose 80 minutes of fuel. We must save that fuel by making it a Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham flight. Just because after taking off from Amritsar and reaching Delhi, the aircraft will again fly overhead Amritsar to reach Birmingham. We can save fuel by changing route, he added.
Amritsar-Delhi-Birmingham flights schedule
AI 113- Take off from Amritsar at 10.30 am reach Delhi at 11.45 am, takes off from Delhi at 1.30pm, and reach Birmingham at 1800 hours.
AI 114- Take off from Birmingham at 9. 30pm, reach Delhi at 10.05 am, take off from Delhi at 12.05 pm and reach Amritsar at 1.15pm