Harjap Singh Aujla
Whenever Air India does something detrimental to the interests of Amritsar International Airport, some other agency comes to the rescue of this airport. Judging the burgeoning demand of ridership between Amritsar and Birmingham in British Midlands, Turkmenistan Airlines has decided to increase its frequency on the Amritsar – Birmingham route from the present four times a week to seven times a week. This will happen almost at the same time when Air India is going to reduce the status of this airport to a spoke (auxiliary) airport.
Against a loss of four flights per week with effect from first of November 2010, Guru Ram Dass Ji Amritsar International Airport has already gained three flights due to increased service by Qatar Airways. But the gain of three flights per week due to the increased operations by Turkmenistan Airlines, the overall business at this airport is not going to go down, but will go up marginally.
All eyes are now looking at Air Canada or some other airline, to start the much needed Amritsar – Vancouver flights on daily basis. Non-stop flights will be ideal. This so far unexplored route is likely to become the lifeline of Guru Ram Dass Ji Amritsar International Airport.