Amritsar : Spicejet is giving a new year gift to the travelers from Punjab and Uttarakhand. It is launching direct daily flight from Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, Amritsar to the Uttarakhand capital Dehradun from January 20, 2019. Dehradun will become ninth domestic and seventeenth overall airport to be directly connected with the airport. Booking for the flight is available on the airline website.
This flight will depart from Dehradun at 11:55am and will arrive at 12:35pm. Its return flight will leave Amritsar at 12:55pm and reach Dehradun at 1:35pm. The total duration of the flight will be 40 minutes with aircraft capacity for 78 passengers. Bookings have been opened for the passengers on Spicejet official website.
Thanking Spicejet for the start of this flight, Sameep Singh Gumtala, Convener FlyAmritasr Initiative and Overseas Secretary, Amritsar Vikas Manch said that the start of this flight is being considered important as Haridwar and Rishikesh are only 35-40km and famous mountainous area Mussoorie is also about 60km from Dehradun airport. This will also facilitate devotees to Hemkunt Sahib and travelers to Tarai region (Rudrapur, Haldwani, Lalkuan) as their train or road journey will be reduced by about 10 hours with the direct flight. SpiceJet has also started flights to Bangkok and Goa in November, 2018.
FlyAmritsar Initiative Co-Convener Yogesh Kamra informed that according to the monthly data released by Airport Authority of India, total passenger count from the airport have reached 15.5 lakh in first eight months of the financial year 2018-19 ending in November compared to the same period in 2017-18 with an increase of 9.5 percent. A total of 4 domestic and 4 international flights have started in this financial year. Due to this, total international passengers increased by 23.1 in the current financial year.
The year 2019 will bring more flights to the Airport. In November, Ministry of Civil aviation agreed to demands raised by delegation of Amritsar Vikas Manch for new routes under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) – phase III of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) by awarding six new routes to Amritsar under the scheme that included Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, Dharamsala, Varanasi and Goa, said Gumtala.