The 2nd COVID-19 pandemic wave in India had an adverse effect on the domestic as well as international air traffic recovery of Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar. The travel demand during this period fell too low that the overall traffic at the airport in May 2021 reached the record low levels of over 17 years.
As the travel confidence is now returning back among the domestic as well as international travellers in the country, Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar has now once again put itself on the upward trajectory.
The overall traffic at the airport has once again started to bounce back. With the recent data being available, it could be observed that the traffic in the month of June 2021 saw an increase of approximately 29.20%, compared with the previous month, as the COVID-19 cases were on the decline in the country.
In the month of July, the airport witnessed a surge of approximately 40%, compared with the previous month. While comparing these figures with the same time period of the previous year, the month of July 2020 witnessed a surge of approximately of over 23.98% compared with June 2020.
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar has also started regaining it’s international network. Within a month, Amritsar has regained its direct connectivity with Europe, with Air India resuming its non-stop flights to London Heathrow & Birmingham in the UK. This will further help airport recover its international traffic.
The resumption of both these flights will also help boost the economy of the city as well as the state of Punjab. It will also benefit various industries in the state, including agriculture, etc to export perishable as well as non-perishable cargo directly from Amritsar to both of these cities in the UK.
Currently Amritsar is directly connected with over 9 domestic and 5 international destinations, namely, Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Nanded, Ahmedabad, Dubai, Sharjah, Doha, London and Birmingham.