November 10, 2023: The month of November continues to bring joy to the residents of Punjab and the Punjabi diaspora worldwide, along with the FlyAmritsar Initiative, a civil advocacy group dedicated to the development of Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar. Malaysia Airlines commenced its 2- weekly flights operation from Amritsar, marking a significant milestone.
Ravreet Singh, Aviation Analyst at the FlyAmritsar Initiative and an aviation blogger, took Malaysia Airlines’ inaugural flight from Amritsar to Kuala Lumpur and joyfully highlighted it as a pivotal moment. At the airport witnessing this historic occasion, Ravreet met with Mr. Amit Mehta, Regional Manager South Asia, Middle East & Africa for the airline and other senior executives, who came to send off the first flight from Amritsar. He emphasized that the airline’s presence not only boosts connectivity but firmly establishes Amritsar as an emerging secondary hub in Northern India for airlines, marking a significant milestone for the region’s aviation landscape.
According to Ravreet, the first flight from Amritsar had above 90% occupancy, with majority of passengers travelling to Australia and New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur. The arriving passengers were welcomed with flower garlands by the airline at Amritsar.
A traveler, Mintu Sarkaria arrived at Amritsar from Auckland, New Zealand on the first flight was elated to be able to come on the first flight directly to the holy city without going via Delhi. This new connectivity has made travel easier for our diaspora in Auckland.
Yogesh Kamra, Convenor India for the FlyAmritsar Initiative, expressed immense joy over the launch of non-stop services by Malaysia Airlines. This is now the 3rd Malaysian carrier to operate from Amritsar following Batik Air and Air Asia X. This marks a significant milestone for the Airport as the Initiative aims to establish it as a key secondary air travel hub in Northern India.
Amritsar Vikas Manch (NGO) Patron, Manmohan Singh said, “It is now more important for our diaspora and those residing in Punjab to support the airport’s growth by making it their primary choice for travel, rather than Delhi. We hope Malaysia Airlines will increase its frequency of flights to Amritsar in the upcoming months, so that the Punjabi diaspora across Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand travel conveniently to/from Punjab via Kuala Lumpur.”