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Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto A-I flights six times a week
Naveen S. Garewal

Chandigarh, March 18
Air-India will fly its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight for six days a week from this coming May.

Looking at the response of this flight that operated thrice a week, Air-India has taken this decision, less than a year after it re-started flights from Amritsar.

Air-India will also introduce an Amritsar-Dubai flight through its subsidiary Air India Express this summer.

Disclosing this to The Tribune here today, the Chairman and Managing Director of Air-India, Mr V. Thulasidas, said Amritsar had emerged as a very important origin and destination for Punjabi population settled in Europe and the Americas. It had been observed that nearly half the passenger traffic to Europe, US and Canada on Air-India preferred to travel from Amritsar. But once Chandigarh gets an international airport, not many people would like to travel to Delhi. The Chandigarh Administration had already moved a proposal in this regard, he said.

He said Tuesday would be the only exception when Air-India will not fly its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight from Amritsar. The proposed Amritsar-Dubai flight will fly at least four times a week initially. After a year the situation will be reviewed and the frequency may be increased, he added.

Currently Air-India flies from and to 13 cities in India. There is a proposal to start international flights from two more cities. Similarly, Air-India is working out modalities to fly to seven international destinations that include San Francisco, Washington, Houston or Dallas, Beijing, capitals of Mauritius and South Africa and Sydney (Australia). Two or three more destinations in Europe are also likely to be put on the Air-India map over the next two years, Mr. Thulasidas said.


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