After almost 1 year, budget carrier Air India has resume flights between the diamond city Surat and Sharjah; the airline has also started bookings for Surat-Sharjah flight which will run twice in a week.
According to AI Express, the flight will operate on Monday and Thursday from Surat and the return flight from Sharjah will be operating on Sunday and Wednesday.
The operations of the flight were discontinued in March last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Air India Express Surat-Sharjah Flight Schedule
|Flight No.||Departure||Dep. Time||Arrival||Arr. Time||Freq.|
|IX 945||Surat||00:45||Sharjah||02:30||Mon. Thu.|
|IX 946||Sharjah||19:35||Surat||23:45||Sun. Wed.|
It was in high demand, especially among the diamond and jewelry business community in the city, due to Sharjah’s proximity to Dubai.
“The flight will come from Sharjah on March 28 and return to Sharjah on the next day. It is the only international flight the city has and people were desperately waiting for it,” said Sanjay Jain, a member of We Work for a Working Airport at Surat (WWWAS).
The flight was also used by many travellers from other parts of the country.
“It is good news for the city’s business and industry that the Sharjah flight will resume operations again. Those traveling to Dubai and other destinations in the world will get easy connectivity,” said Dinesh Navadiya, president of Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“Going to Mumbai and then catching an international flight is time-consuming. We need direct flights to Dubai and Hong Kong as well,” Navadiya added.