Amritsar flights were on the agenda in Parliament meeting between Baroness Vere (Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom) and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP met with Baroness Vere (Transport Minister for Aviation, International and Security) in Parliament to discuss London to Amritsar flights.
During the meeting, Tan Dhesi MP highlighted the demand for direct flights for this route, as well as the tourism, cultural and trade benefits that London-Amritsar flights could bring. In May 2019, CAPA India announced that the most searched for routes between India and Europe with no direct service are Amritsar-London.
After the launch of the London-Amritsar flight campaign in Britain in 2018, this is the 2nd meeting with Parliamentarians, The initiative has gained cross-party support and global press coverage since calls for this route began.
With over 100,000 people visiting Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) from across the world every day, London is the ideal global hub for those visiting Amritsar. Approximately a million Punjabi are living in the UK, it seems like this is the right time to build a strong bond.
Passenger numbers at Amritsar have been rising; recently it was found to be the fastest-growing airport in India in 2018, the demand to travel to this popular destination is increasing. Dhesi continues to campaign and discuss this issue in Parliament and also engaging with airports and international airlines to ensure this much-needed route opens.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, MP for Slough:
“Direct flights between London and Amritsar are vital in connecting the world to this cultural, tourist and spiritual destination. When meeting the Aviation Minister, I highlighted the consistent demand from the Punjabi diaspora and others regarding a direct flight along this route, as well as the immense trade and tourism benefits this could bring to the UK. I will continue to raise this issue in Parliament, so direct London to Amritsar flights become a great success,"
I’d also like to thank Sameep Singh Gumtala and the Fly Amritsar Initiative for their assistance in this important project and for providing the presentation shown to the Minister.”
Baroness Vere stated, “It was good to meet Tan Dhesi MP and discuss the campaign for direct flights between London and Amritsar. I look forward to exploring further the trade and tourism potential this route could bring to the UK and also to the Punjabi diaspora worldwide.