Flag-carrier Air India on Tuesday in a Twitter post announced that it will recommence direct flights between Amritsar And Nanded in Maharashtra from November 10.
As per the update posted by the airline, the service will be operated on its A320Neo aircraft every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Air India’s flight AI 816 would depart from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar at 1130 hours and arrive at Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Airport, Nanded at 1405 hours. The return flight would depart Nanded Airport at 1500 hours and arrive at Amritsar Airport at 1730 hours.
“FlyAI : Air India recommences direct flights between #Nanded Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib and #Amritsar Sri Harminder Sahib. Fly Thrice a week from 10th Nov 2020.” Air India said in a tweet.
“This flight will fulfill the long-standing demand of pilgrims, non-resident Indians and tourists from Europe, the US, the UK, Gulf nations, and the business community from Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh,” the airline said.
Nanded is an important pilgrimage destination for the Sikh community.
Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced that Indian airlines can operate a maximum of 60 percent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights till February 24 next year due to the prevailing coronavirus situation.
The ministry had informed the airlines about the 60 percent limit through an official order on September 2 but it had not told them the period for which the cap would remain in place.
On October 29, the ministry issued a new order clarifying that the September 2 order “shall remain in force until 2359 hrs on 24th February 2021 or until further orders” due to the “prevailing situation of COVID-19”. On June 26, the ministry had allowed the airlines to operate a maximum of 45 percent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in the country since March 23 due to the pandemic.
However, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble pacts signed with various countries since July.