Tan Dhesi bats for reintroduction of Asr-Ldn flight
Jalandhar(Puneet Pal Singh) – Europe’s first turbaned Sikh MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, along with two NGOs, has started a Parliamentary campaign for the reintroduction of a direct flight between London and Amritsar, a long pending demand of the British Punjabi community.
The Labour Party MP for Slough joined hands with the UK based NGO, Social Education Volunteer Association (SEVA) Trust and the Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM), at an event within the British Parliament to push for starting of the non-stop flights with the Indian and Punjab governments.
“In 2016, even with no direct connectivity, approximately 188,869 passengers (517 per day) travelled between Amritsar and the UK as transit passengers, via other Indian and foreign airports. The demand is there and we hope the supply will come soon,” Dhesi said.
Dhesi’s team has also submitted a memorandum, addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to Sharma of the Indian High Commission in London (who was in attendance) and BJP UK President Kuldeep Shekhawat (who supported the initiative); and the second one was handed to MP Aujla – addressed to the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.