Air connectivity crucial to boosting business in state

At a time when the government is busy selling Punjab as a key destination to industrialists, it has forgotten to pave the way for them into the state. Poor air connectivity has always been bothering those who consider time as money.

The state’s lone international airport is reeling under annual losses of more than Rs 50 crore and the one being built in Mohali will take some time to develop. Besides, only one flight operates from the Ludhiana airport and Bathinda’s domestic airport has failed to start even after a year of its completion.

At present, six airlines are operating from Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in Amritsar – Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Qatar Airways, Uzbekistan Airways and Turkmenistan Airways. There are at least eight flights from Amritsar to Delhi on a daily basis. It also has twice-a-week flight to Mumbai, besides a flight to Jammu and Srinagar. Though the airport doesn’t have direct flights to many destinations within the country, good connectivity with Delhi facilitates further connection with the rest of the world.

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