JetLite gets nod to fly Amritsar-Bangkok route

20 December, 2007:

Private low-cost carrier JetLite has been accorded permission by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to fly between Amritsar and Bangkok.

A report said that JetLite would now be able to begin regular operations between the two destinations. It is being said that the private airline plans to offer a low-cost alternative for passengers wanting to fly between the two cities. It is expected that JetLite would be been asked to start the Amritsar-Bangkok operations during the winter. The winter schedule of airlines runs for about five months beginning from October end and comes to a close at the end of March the following year.

Jet had, even before the buyout of Air Sahara got over, submitted applications to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for permission to operate on the Delhi-Bangkok-Guangzhou in China and Delhi Bangkok-Delhi routes.

Significantly enough, the Amritsar-Bangkok flight comes as the first international operation after Air Sahara was taken over by Jet Airways earlier this year. The take over had seen the rechristening of the airline to JetLite. With this operations now confirmed, JetLite would now been seen as expanding its international network. The airline already operates flights to Kathmandu and Colombo. Besides, it has been knocking at the Ministry of Civil Aviationís doors for permission to fly to middle eastern destinations such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Muscat, Bahrain, and Kuwait. The airline majorís plans to launch low-cost flights from India to the Gulf region is expected to start by the first quarter of 2008, if all Government permissions are granted.

Amritsar was chosen for the launch of a global operation because Amritsar, like several other smaller cities around the country, is becoming a popular destination for global airlines to launch regular operations. Jet Airways already has operations to London from Amritsar. For the record, Amritsar has been in the network map of many an airline. For instance, Singapore Airlines operates regular flights to Singapore from this city, while Air India operates flights to Birmingham and Toronto from Amritsar.




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