Malaysian-based AirAsia X will soon start – probably by Diwali – a direct flight service from Amritsar airport to Kuala Lumpur.
The flight comes more than two years after Malaysian hybrid airliner Malindo Air launched its first direct flight to Amritsar in October 2015.
Another regional airliner, Singaporean low-cost-long-haul carrier Scoot Air, began direct flights from the republic to Amritsar in May 2016.
Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu yesterday (7 Feb 2018) held a meeting with CEO AirAsia X Binjuman Ismail.
The direct flights come more than two years after Malaysian hybrid airliner Malindo Air launched its first direct flight to Amritsar in October 2015.
In May 2016, Singaporean low-cost-long-haul carrier Scoot Air began direct flights from the republic to Singapore.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) was earlier mulling flights to Amritsar, but the plans never took off.
Navjot was quoted by local media as saying that the initially planned four weekly flights would play a significant role in connecting Punjab with other countries of Asia as well as Europe.
He estimated some 30% of the passengers would be Punjabis.
Also in the meeting were Lok Sabha MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla, AirAsia India Head Suresh Nayyar, Secretary Tourism Department Vikas Pratap, Director Shivdular Singh Dhillon and Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha.
Amritsar is home to the Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, one of the most popular places of worship for the Sikhs.
It is a magnate that brings thousands of tourists from the world over. In a fornight, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit it, as well.
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Malindo offers KL-Amritsar from RM800 (Asia Samachar, 24 May 2016)
Scoot starts Amritsar flights, return journey for S$170 (Asia Samachar, 24 May 2016)