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09. May 2005 at 06:28
 
From three flights to 56, Amritsar ready for take-off
 
Monday May 9 2005 00:00 IST  
 
AMRITSAR: "Just a few years ago, it was a one-plane stop. But now, Rajasansi Airport is fast becoming a buzzing hub of international action and getting a new look, too.
 
Singapore Airline, which landed here four months ago, has been going full, three days a week. And with a new terminal likely to open in October, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Phuket Airlines, Tajikistan Airlines, Uzbek Airways and Air-India are also lining up a landing here, say officials.
 
With Air-India starting its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto-Amritsar service on May 15, the number of flights will go up to 56 a week, a big leap from a mere three in 1997.
 
Even cargo flights, such as those of Ariana to Kabul, are planning to double their flights from three to six in a week, while First Flight, a courier service, has evinced interest in starting operations, say officials.
 
With air traffic surging by as much as 41 per cent in the last four years, V.S Mulekar, Director, Airport Authority of India (AAI), says most of these airlines are planning to cash in on Punjabi NRI passengers.
 
‘‘That is the main incentive. For, at Rs 1 lakh a flight, the operating rates here are akin to those charged at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport though the facilities here are far inferior,'' says Mulekar.
 
The AAI, he says, is now tackling the Rajasansi challenge on a war footing with a budget of Rs 79 crore, which also explains the haze of dust that hangs over the airport these days.
 
He admits that the airport, so far, hasn't lived up to the ‘‘international'' status it was accorded in 1999. The tin shed that doubles up as terminal, lack of basic amenities like chairs, trolleys, and booths for customs make for a miserable experience for passengers.
 
‘‘We know passengers are facing inconvenience now but once it (the makeover) is completed, it will be a top-notch international airport,'' says Mulekar.
 
At Rajasansi, work is on at full swing, the new terminal is already towering over the complex and the cargo apparatus is preparing to receive over 50 flights per week from the current 25.
 
The AAI is also factoring in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status granted to Amritsar by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently.
 
‘‘Now cargo flights comprise only 10 per cent, but they are likely to double once the SEZ comes through,'' says Molekar.
 
The AAI has also decided to develop 28,000 sq metres of land for core airport operations, instead of the 15,000 sq metres planned earlier.
 
In fact, Molekar promises to throw open the revamped terminal building this October. The runway extension, too, is complete and bigger aircraft would now be able to land here and take off without any hitch, he says, night vision facilities and fog lighting are next on the agenda.
 
‘‘It was inevitable,'' says V N Sharma, a city-based international tour operator. ‘‘The IGI airport receives an average of 16 to 18 million passengers a year, half of whom are Punjabis. They would definitely prefer landing in the Holy City instead of distant Delhi.''
 
THE MAKEOVER
 
* Rs 79 crore budget
 
* Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Phuket Airlines, Tajikistan Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways and Air-India in queue
 
* Cargo terminal to handle 50 flights
 
* Runway extension complete; night vision facilities and fog lighting next on agenda
 
* 28,000 sq mt land development for core operations.
 
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Reply #1 - 09. May 2005 at 06:33
 
What are your opinions about this news article? Please write all your comments and suggestions about this article.
 
Thanks.
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Reply #2 - 09. May 2005 at 07:32
 
I,ll belive it when it actually happens?. thats if at all happens, sister Delhi is not going to be happy.
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Reply #3 - 09. May 2005 at 16:35
 
Dear all,
 
I've been to Amritsar 4 times in total, (even flew with Ariana in 93!) never had any problems...
 
I always fly with Uzbekistan, touchwood no problems....
 
Haven't been for 2 years, what is like now?
 
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Reply #4 - 09. May 2005 at 19:02
 

There is confusion on whether work on the airport has stopped or not . Please could somebody responsible for the airport make a satement on when the airport is to be completed. Only last week it was raised by MS Gill MP that work had stopped on the airport
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Reply #5 - 10. May 2005 at 07:02
 
ha ha, well that does not suprise me or any one,i.e. work been stop. same old story.
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Airport upgrade yet to take off here
Reply #6 - 11. May 2005 at 01:52
 
Airport upgrade yet to take off here  
 
DHARMENDRA RATAUL          
 
Posted online: Monday, November 29, 2004 at 0219 hours IST
 
RAJASANSI, NOVEMBER 28 2004: An old tractor with three trolleys stringed to it — that’s the first glimpse for a passenger when a plane taxies down at Rajasansi Airport in Amritsar. And it’s only a preface to what follows. Travellers from across Europe and North America test out the lack of facilities almost everyday at the only international airport in the country, north of the Capital.  
 
Rajasansi, on the global civil aviation map since 1999, receives more than 35 flights a week. Indian Airlines, Uzbekistan Air and Turkmenistan Airlines touch down eight times a week; Air India, Air Slovakia and Ariana fly in twice each; Singapore Airlines, the latest entrant, makes three landings every seven days. Plus, there are cargo flights by Slovak Air.  
 
All these land in front of a makeshift terminal — essentially a shed with a roof assembled from iron sheets which serves as a passenger lounge, boarding counter, security checkpoint...There isn’t much here except the runway and immigration counter to lend it the semblance of an airport. No food counters, phone booths, not even a conveyor belt.  
 
A lone minibus with frayed seats ferries passengers to and from the aircraft. Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Akal Takht jathedar and a regular traveller, says the place reminds him of a bus stand. Brij Bedi, convenor of Citizen Forum, rued the airport mirrors the poor infrastructure of rural Punjab.  
 
Regional director of Airports Authority of India, S.V.Molekar, however, said upgrade work was on and the new terminal would be completed by October, 2005. Work had been delayed as the contractor was changed midway, he said.
 
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Reply #7 - 11. May 2005 at 19:26
 
Amritsar may 10, The punjab Tourisim minister Mr Jagmohan kang, yesterday expressed concern about the delay in the upgrading of the raja sansi airport which was sanctioned by the union goverment at an estimated cost Rs 79.27 crore. During a visit to the airport, The minister annouce that he would take up the issueof of the delay with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan singh and urge him to direct the Minister concern to expedite the renovation and Expansion of the airport. Talking to newsperson the Minister pointed out discrepancies in restricted space for passangers arriving in the holding area.
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Reply #8 - 11. May 2005 at 20:48
 
Dear All,
 
If anyone has any pictures of the Airport and its contruction and would be happy to share them, please email them to us and we will put them on this discussion board for everyone to see.  
 
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Reply #9 - 12. May 2005 at 16:16
 
CM to flag off Air-India flight to England, Canada  
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Amritsar, May 11
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel, will flag off the Air-India flight to England and Canada from Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport on May 15, which is being revived after a gap of 20 years.  
 
The station manager, Air-India, Mr Ashwani Arora, told The Tribune here today that all the arrangements for the launch of the national carrier’s flight had been completed. A team from the Civil Aviation Department, Canada, also visited the airport on a familiarisation tour to get first-hand information about the flight pattern and the passenger profiles here last week.
 
Mr Arora said that there was a tremendous enthusiasm among the large Punjabi NRI community based in the Doaba region and the inaugural flight was fully booked. Air-India was receiving a number of enquiries for this first-ever direct flight connecting the holy city with Birmingham and Toronto. He said that Air-India had designated Boeing 777 for this route.  
 
Air-India had been operating Balle Balle Birmingham from Rajasansi airport, but due to militancy the flight was discontinued. The re-launch of the flight to Birmingham and also connecting Punjabi-dominated city of Toronto have once again provided the much-needed relief to the Punjabi community settled in Canada and England.
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Plea on Amritsar Airport /Flights
 
TNS adds: National Commission for Minorities Chairman Tarlochan Singh, who is also a member of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s advisory committee, has demanded that the frequency of the Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight from May 15 should be made daily instead of the present schedule of thrice a week on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
Making several other suggestions at a meeting of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s advisory committee here today, the NCM chief emphasised that upgradation of the Amritsar airport, including a provision for handling of cargo, should be undertaken expeditiously. He called for early completion of the Amritsar airport building which had been stopped as a new design was being prepared.
 
The meeting chaired by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said turning the Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight into a daily would be taken up after more aircraft were made available. He said work on the building at Amritsar airport would commence soon and the arrival hall completed at the earliest. Orders have been placed for trollies for carrying the luggage.
 
Mr Tarlochan Singh said the Airport Authority of India should revise is rates for international flights from Amritsar airport as those being charged now were too high and not commensurate with the facilities available at present. He pleaded that the Air India Express introduced recently from Kerala to the Gulf should be extended to Amritsar as a large number of Punjabis were also working in that region.
 
 
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Are there any plans to increase the number of flights from the London Airports to Amritsar? Most of the new flights are from Birmingham and there are large numbers of Sikh/Punjabis in and around London who would like to fly on quality airlines to Amritsar.
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Punjab to promote religious tourism
Praful, Amarinder flag off A-I flight to Toronto
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Rajasansi (Amritsar), May 15
The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel, today brushed aside the resentment over the stalled construction of the terminal of Sri Guru Ramdass International Airport and assured the public that a bigger and modern complex would be built.
 
Addressing a gathering during the flag-off ceremony of the inaugural Air-India’s Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight here today, Mr Patel said top priority was being given to restart the construction of the ultra-modern airport. He, however, said the project could be delayed by another six months as the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in consultation with the Airport Authority of India (AAI), was preparing a blueprint for the its upgradation.
 
Earlier, the flight was flagged off from New Delhi by Tourism Minister Renuka Chowdhury and Mr Patel.
 
He said the Air-India was prepared to make this flight operational on a daily basis instead of thrice a week at present in view of its growing demand. A direct international flight of Air-India Express, an economical flight from Amritsar to Dubai, was also on the anvil. He said the Air-India had recently launched a direct flight from Kerala to Dubai and another direct flight from Kolkata to London was likely to commence shortly.  
 
Referring to the setting up of a green field airport at Ladowal between Ludhiana and Jalandhar, Mr Patel said the project had been cleared by the government and was in the advanced stage of implementation. It would come up on the same pattern of green field airports already set up in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Lucknow. He said Chandigarh Airport would also be upgraded to meet the growing need of the people of this area.  
 
Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, said the government was set to chalk out a roadmap to boost religious tourism in the state.
 
He said the government was contemplating to develop religious tourism by connecting Sri Anandpur Sahib, Chamkaur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib and Sri Harmandir Sahib. Another circuit of Hindu shrines from Naina Devi, Maisarkhana, Durgiana Temple and Vaishno Devi would also be developed in a big way.  
 
Later Capt Amarinder Singh along with Mr Patel flagged off the flight.
 
Meanwhile, the General Manager (Architect) of the AAI, Mr Harpal Singh, today made the detail presentation of the new design of the Airport Complex to the Minister of Civil Aviation and visiting dignitaries.
 
The Director Airport, Mr V.S. Mulekar, said the minister showed keen interest in the development of the airport and said the complex would be ready within a year.
 
The minister was accompanied by MPs attached to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, National Minorities Commission, among others.
 
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Reply #13 - 17. May 2005 at 19:33
 
Could anyone tell me that what is the difference in changing the airport's name from "Raja Sansi" airport to "Sri Guru Ram Das International airport". These have appeared in recent news reports about recent Air India flight launches to Toronto.  
 
Please reply back ASAP and tell me what is the difference in these names.
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Reply #14 - 19. Jun 2005 at 22:18
 
How about typing "amritsar airport" or "rajasansi airport" in search engines like google and find images of the airport.
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