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Old 11th Dec 2016, 11:39
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Originally Posted by BHX5DME View Post
No mention of Toronto !

Source:Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 10

After a gap of eight long years, national carrier Air India has announced to resume the Amritsar-Birmingham direct flight from April 1, 2017, meeting the demand of the diaspora in the United Kingdom.

Conveying the decision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Rajya Sabha MP Shwet Malik, who is also Aviation Consultative Committee member, said: “I conveyed the demand to the Union government, which rectified the mistake committed during the reign of the previous UPA government.

Malik accused the UPA of diverting this “extremely profitable flight from Amritsar to IGI in New Delhi to provide financial benefits to its private operator”.
After Jet Airways discontinued its Amritsar-London flight on August 6, 2006, Air India filled the void with a Amritsar-Birmingham flight the same year. However, it lasted till October 24, 2009.

In between, Air India launched its Amritsar-New Delhi-Birmingham flight on the hub and spoke model from Amritsar airport on August 1, 2013, with limited success.

Indian politics interfering with "commercial decisions" that could be made by Air India - that is if Air India is a commercial organisation was we know one.

As for the source, we've all seen enough Indian press reports that have come to nought over the past few years.

And does this mean that BHX will have direct ATQ 4 x weekly, and DEL 3 x weekly, or perhaps daily from both??

About as vague an announcement as "Brexit means Brexit" and needs a deal more flesh added to the bare bones.
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