Now fly direct to London from Amritsar
First turbaned Sikh MP in the United Kingdom, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, told the media sources that long-pending demand of many NRIs and Punjabis for a direct flight from Amritsar to London is now accepted. The direct flights are expected to commence in early 2019. The important discussions are being held between Indian carriers and London Luton Airport administration.
Dhesi informed that Chief Commercial Officer for Luton Airport, Jonathan Pollard, has commented, “unsurprisingly we are receiving significant interest from Indian carriers and remain very excited by the prospect of developing new services for the Indian market. With a very significant catchment of Indian diaspora living nearby, there is a fantastic opportunity to provide low-cost, direct services between London and Amritsar, making it easier for people to visit families, or explore great sights that these cities have to offer”.
In addition this, Hywel Rees, Principal for AMP Capital, a major shareholder of Luton Airport, has commented, “with an extensive transformation programme now completed at the airport, we look forward to welcoming new services from the Indian market, helping the local and surrounding communities fly directly to the destinations they’d like to, rather than having to connect through busy congested hubs”.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, MP for Slough, remarked, “after several attempts at meetings over the past year, I am very pleased that a much demanded, direct flight between London and Amritsar is now finally within sight. London is a global capital, while Amritsar is a global, spiritual and tourist destination visited by millions each year. Hence, it’s crucial that the two are connected once again and I’m sure these direct flights will be a great success.”
UK MP also said that there have been capacity issues at the Heathrow Airport. Minimum 80 per cent of the Indian diaspora based in the UK, live within two hours radius of the airport. Therefore, the major Indian airlines have recognized the opportunity to provide flights using Luton.
Luton airport is the 5th biggest one in the United Kingdom. It handles over 17 million passengers a year. It is the fastest growing airport in London for several recent years now.