Amritsar, Panjab, 5 November 2016. Beginning April 2017, direct flights will connect the holy city of Amritsar with London thrice a week.
With the aim to serve the Sikh community globally and promote tourism, UK-based People Over Profit (POP), a new low-cost, long-haul airline, will be launching its operations in April 2017. At present, there is no direct flight between the two cities.
“We thought of exploring this market as there is a huge demand (for travel to Amritsar) due to high Sikh population in (UK). We only have economy class to begin with, and the prices are very cheap,” said POP chairman Navdip Singh Judge.
The airline will run flights with seating capacity of up to 400 between Amritsar and the UK capital thrice a week. While a one-way ticket will cost £176 (around Rs 15,000), including taxes, the round trip will cost £350 (Rs 30,000).
The flight will take off from London at 7pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and reach Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar, at 6am the next day. It will return to UK the same day at noon.