AirAsia has announced the opening of a new route from Kuala Lumpur to Amritsar as part of its expansion plan into Northern India this year.
From 16 August 2018, the four times weekly service will be operated by AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, with an annual capacity of more than 156,000 seats. AirAsia Group now fly to 21 destinations across India.
The route has tremendous potential as a religious, tourism, commerce and trade destination alike and is the third destination for AirAsia X in addition to New Delhi and Jaipur.
AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer, Benyamin Ismail said, “Sikhs and Punjabis in Australia have long been asking for us to consider flying to Amritsar, home to the world famous Golden Temple. We’re pleased to be able to connect them to this holy city via our hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“The new route is part of efforts to strengthen our position in India, alongside our existing destinations New Delhi and Jaipur and an overall campaign focusing on Fly-Thru traffic from markets like Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
Punjab Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “Having AirAsia flying direct to Amritsar is important to Punjabis all over the world. It is preferred destination not only for the Punjabi diaspora but also for many foreign tourists. Connectivitiy is at the heart of tourism in Punjab, the airline offering us its established network.
“We welcome AirAsia to Amritsar, and we are happy that Punjabi diaspora and foreign tourists from within AirAsia’s network including Australia and New Zealand will be able to travel to Amritsar.”
Amritsar is one of India’s top destinations, underserved from the Asia Pacific region. The city is home to some of the Sikhs most sacred shrines including the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), and historical monuments Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah Border and Gobindgarh Fort.
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