Due to inclement weather at Delhi, Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar, handled over 16 diverted flights, including the ones from Newark (EWR) Airport in New Jersey (USA) by United Airlines, operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Amsterdam (AMS) by KLM Airlines, operated by Boeing 777-300ER and Bangkok (BKK) by Thai Airways, operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
FlyAmritsar Initiative Member and Aviation Analyst, Ravreet Singh, shared the information that according to Flightradar24, a flight tracking website, international flights by US carrier United Airlines, the Dutch carrier, KLM, and Thai Airways, along with 13 domestic flights operated by Air India, Vistara, Spicejet, IndiGo and GoFirst were diverted to Amritsar, due to extremely bad weather in Delhi, yesterday evening i.e. May 20th.
He further added that, this was yet another evidence that, Amritsar airport is technically viable for handling all kinds of operations, including mass diversions at zero time. More than about 50 flights were diverted yesterday evening from Delhi.
All the diverted flights to Amritsar included; United Airlines: New Jersey-Delhi; Thai Airways: Bangkok-Delhi; KLM Airlines: Amsterdam-Delhi; Air India: Lucknow-Delhi, Ahmedabad-Delhi; IndiGo: Mumbai-Delhi, Patna – Delhi; Vistara: Pune-Delhi, Hyderabad-Delhi, Mumbai-Delhi, Ahmedabad-Delhi; SpiceJet: Amritsar-Delhi, Rajkot-Delhi, Mumbai – Delhi, Ahmedabad – Delhi
The majority of these diverted flights later departed to Delhi after refuelling and as the weather conditions became favorable for landing.