Air India Starts Direct Amritsar-Rome Flights
By: Ravreet Singh
The year ‘2021’ has brought some good news for Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport Amritsar, this time from the national carrier, Air India.
After IndiGo started a new domestic flight connectivity between Amritsar and Pune in first week of Jan 2021, the national carrier, Air India announced on twitter that they will be operating direct flights between Amritsar and Rome, starting 1 February 2021.
This comes after the success of charter flights between Amritsar and Italy by the Indian low-cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet. Since September 2020, more than 75 flights have been operated to/from Amritsar and Milan/Rome in Italy. This includes about 37 departures to Italy and 38 arrivals at Amritsar from Italy.
According to the schedule released by Air India, the flights will be operated from Amritsar to Rome on 1, 11, 21 February, 4, 14 and 24 March. The flight from Rome to Amritsar will be operated on 2, 12, 22 February, 5, 15, 25 March, 2021. Currently the booking of these flights is open on the airline website till 25th March 2021.
According to the schedule, the timing of these flights is as follow:
From Amritsar to Rome
|Departure from Amritsar||15:55pm|
|Arrival at Rome||19:20pm|
From Rome to Amritsar
|Departure from Rome||18:00pm|
|Arrival at Amritsar||5:35(+1)am|
The flight from Amritsar would depart at 15:55pm and reach Rome in the evening at 19:20pm. From Rome, the flight would depart at 18:00pm in the evening and reach Amritsar next day early morning at 5:35am.
The total flight time from Amritsar to Rome would be 7 hours and 55 minutes while the total flight time from Rome to Amritsar would be 7 hours and 5 minutes. The airline will use its state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for the route.
Rome, Italy would become the 3rd destination in Europe to be directly connected with Amritsar after London and Birmingham in the UK. All of these destinations are currently directly served by the national carrier, Air India.
The booking of these flights is already open and can be booked via Air India website, Air India offices, authorized travel agents, etc.
FlyAmritsar Initiative thanks Minister of Civil Aviation, S. Hardeep Singh Puri, Air India and Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India for these flights. The success of these flights may also be considered by Air India and the airline may continue operating these direct flights in summer schedule 2021 as well.
The operation of these flights is a big boost for direct international connectivity especially to Italy from the airport. For the past few years, FlyAmritsar Initiative, Amritsar Vikas Manch (NGO) have been demanding direct flights from Amritsar to Rome & Milan with Air India and other airlines. This also strengthens justification of the demand with airlines.
There is a big population of Punjabis in Italy with thousands of passengers traveling all year long from Italy to Punjab (Amritsar) via Delhi / Doha/ Tashkent / Ashgabat. Direct flights will save time and also give a major boost to the economy of Punjab. Even industry and farmers will benefit from the direct flights to Europe, UK in future as they will be able to ship cargo to European markets where they are in high demand.
Ravreet Singh is a young 16-year old blogger who has a great interest in aviation. His main focus on aviation is connectivity of Amritsar, Punjab & India with the World. He is the youngest team member of FlyAmritsar Initiative, a public campaign for more direct flights to/from Amritsar.
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