The Punjabi diaspora has criticized Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s latest push for direct flights from Mohali airport to international locations together with the US and Canada, saying it has taken a very long time to start out air companies from Amritsar airport to those locations. The revenue made within the route of pending demand is reversed.

Chief Minister Mann on Monday directed the state civil aviation division to tie up with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India to start out direct worldwide flights from Mohali airport, particularly to Canada, the US and the UK. It was stated that this might be an initiative. To facilitate the abroad Punjabi Diaspora to journey to their native locations in Punjab in a seamless method.

Avtar Singh, a neighborhood activist based mostly in Birmingham, UK, stated, “We do not thoughts beginning flights from Mohali airport, however it should not be completed on the expense of Amritsar airport, which is positioned within the holy metropolis for expatriates. ” ,

Canada-based Anantdeep Singh Dhillon stated that in Mohali airport, Punjab together with Haryana has solely 24.5% stake and Airports Authority of India holds 51%. “We have now been working exhausting in North America for the previous a number of years to provide airways momentum to listen to and open their minds about flights to Amritsar,” he stated.

“Once we spoke to numerous airways not too long ago, they instructed us that they want to see assist from the state authorities and now the federal government is placing every thing in reverse gear,” he stated.

SGPC spokesperson Kulwinder Singh Ramdas stated that the CM’s favor at Mohali airport is a setback to the efforts being made by all organizations for direct flights from Amritsar.

At current direct flights are operated from Amritsar to Qatar, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and UK. Nevertheless, many flights are suspended as a consequence of COVID-19.

US-based Sameep Singh, World Convener, Fly Amritsar Initiative, stated, “The Authorities of Punjab is attempting to provide a distinct route and distraction by reaching out to the Middle for Mohali Airport, when the Authorities of India and Canada are involved about Canada-Amritsar connectivity. is selecting up. ,

Punjab-origin Canadian MP Ruby Sahota raised the problem of direct flights between Canada and Amritsar within the Canadian Parliament earlier this month.

Yogesh Kamra, Secretary, Amritsar Vikas Manch in Amritsar expressed shock on the CM’s initiative in a tweet “It is vitally unhappy to see all of the political selections taken for growth round Mohali and Malwa belt and for Amritsar airport or Majha space. Simply nothing!” Kamra stated.

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