AVM organizes Seminar on Amritsar Int'l Airport as a potential booster for State Economy

On: 27 December, 2015

Amritsar, Dec 27: Amritsar Vikas Manch yesterday organized a seminar for the development of Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Aiprort as a potential booster for the whole state of Punjab at RITZ Hotel, Mall Road. Shri V. Venkateswara Rao, Director Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport was honored for his distinguished and sincere efforts for the promotion of Amritsar Airport. Representatives of various airlines including Air India, Uzbekistan, Airport and Commercial manager also participated in the seminar. Shri Gagan Malik, former Director & General Manager Airport projects, Shri Naveen Kumar Commercial Manager were presented with Guest of Honor award by AVM. Shri Dinesh Kumar Airport Manager and Shri Randhir Singh from Air India were also honored.

Hardeep Singh Chahal, General Secretary AVM and President Er. Daljit Singh Kohli introduced and welcomes the guests. Dr. Balwinder Singh Professor Shri Guru Ram Das School of Planning GNDU gave a presentation on the Amritsar Heritage and how it can be used for tourism. Er. Sameep Singh Gumtala, Director Global Connections Amritsar Vikas Manch from USA gave a presentation on the past, present and future of Amritsar Airport, overview of various flights and connections and about the role and achievements of AVM. Dr. Sukhdev Singh, President INTACh Punjab requested airlines to start direct flights to Birmingham. Er. Harjap Singh Aujla, Patron AVM USA requested various airlines including Air India and Jet Airways to provide better connectivity for international passengers especially late evening to midnight from Delhi to Amritsar. He appealed to Jet Airways to start direct flight from Amritsar to Abu Dhabi as announced after the Jet-Etihad deal in 2013. Shri Gagan Malik provided details on how AAI provides different facilities and infrastructure for Airlines and it is the duty of airlines to start flights. Dr. Charanjit Singh Gumtala Patron AVM appealed to various political parties to add in election manifesto promotion of the Amritsar Airport, requested the Civil Aviation ministry to allow Turkish Airline to add Amritsar as its future destination  and allow Qatar Airways to fly bigger plane to Amritsar. Prof. Mohan Singh Patron AVM thanked the guests.

Airport Director Shri Rao thanked AVM for holding this seminar and provided details on the expansion, future Master plan of the Airport and the new airlines that are going to start flying from Amritsar. Other distinguished guests present on the occasion were former President Manmohan Singh Brar, Amrit Lal Mannan and members of various NGOs.

Amritsar Airport has great potential for direct international flights to USA, Canada, Europe, Australia etc. due to its religious and historical importance. More than 5 million Sikhs & Punjabis are living in these countries and they will always prefer Amritsar for their inward and outward journey. The Manch thanked Mr. V Venkateswara Rao, Director Amritsar Airport for his sincere efforts for the introduction of Malindo Airways direct flight to KualaLumpur and Spicejet direct flight from Amritsar to Dubai. Many other Airlines such as Turkish Airline, Fly Jet from Bulgaria have also shown interest to start direct international flights from Amritsar. FlyScoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines is going to start Amritsar Singapore flight in May 2016. The Qatar Airlines is also willing to put bigger plane on Amritsar Doha sector but the Civil Aviation Ministry of India is not allowing more seats and flights on this sector. The Manch strongly demanded the from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, govt. of India to allow Turkish Airline and Fly Jet of Bulgaria to operate from Amritsar. Similarly the govt. of India should allow bigger planes on Amritsar-Doha sector. The Manch also strongly demanded that Jet Airways should start Amritsar Abu Dhabi flight which was announced by Jet Airways almost 2 years back in 2013. Nearly 45% passengers at Delhi Airport are Punjabis. Therefore, Amritsar Airport has great potential of having nearly 100 flights per day. AVM also demanded the resumption of Amritsar London Toronto and Amritsar Birmingham direct flights which were rerouted via Delhi in 2010. The Amritsar London Toronto flight was the most successful in the history of Air India. Similarly Amritsar Singapore was the most successful as these flights had more than 90% occupancy. Amritsar needs direct flights as Amritsar is half an hour nearer to the western as well as Middle East countries thereby saving fuel as well as time.

 Balraj Singh district tourism office spoke on the potential of tourism of Amritsar.He said there are more than 200 hotels in the city and every day more than 42000 tourists visit holy cityS   

Shri Arun Kumar Khanna from Global Institute of Disabled Child,Madam Rakha Mahajan of KGN Welfare society.S. Gurbhej Singh of Akshay Projects,S. PDS Randhawa from pollution control committee,Shri Deepak Babbar from Mishion AghazDr. Duggal ji from Anti-Tobacoo Society,Shri Shiv Kumar and Pasricha from the Pensioners Association of Amritsar,Amrit Lal Manan patron AVM,,N.S. Anand Senior Vice President of AVM,Upkar Singh Kohli of Engineers Association Daljeet Singh CHD Parkash Bhatti from Khudai Khidmatghar were also present.