JALANDHAR: After raising the issue of resumption of direct flights between Amritsar and UK with ministers in the Indian government and Punjab government, Slough MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi is now lobbying with airlines in UK and urging them to start the direct flights. During his meetings with the senior officials of the airlines, he also quoted Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal’s assurance that if any international airlines wished to resume flights from Amritsar, the state government would consider forgoing the state aviation tax.
In the last few days, Dhesi has met Virgin Atlantic and Air India senior officials in UK and buttressed his argument with facts and figures about the commercial potential in case they would start direct flights between Amritsar and UK. Dhesi confirmed that he was citing Manpreet Badal’s offer to consider the waiver if international airlines would come up with proposal to resume the direct flights from Amritsar. “I shall meet officials of other airlines also in the next few days,” he said.