Qatar Airways’ maiden flight to the northern
Indian state of Punjab landed in the holy city of Amritsar on
Monday morning just days out from the festive Diwali celebrations.
The airline is operating the route four-times-a-week
non-stop from Qatar’s capital city using a two-class Airbus A320,
with 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.
The colourful city of
Amritsar is home to the famous Golden Temple, the holy place of
worship for the Sikh religion – a site that draws more visitors
annually than India’s renowned Taj Mahal.
Over the next few weeks, the Indian beach holiday
destination of Goa will also join the network from October 25, and
flights to the Australian city of Melbourne are due to start on
“These are exciting
times for Qatar Airways with three route launches in less than two
months, which demonstrates the robust growth we are still
experiencing,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar
Al Baker. “Amritsar is highly underserved by international airlines so
we are pleased to be filling a void with our award-winning service
to and from this highly popular destination in north India.”
Qatar Airways currently operates 60 flights a week between
Doha and India – daily non-stop services to Delhi, Mumbai,
Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, Cochin and Kozhikode.
The addition of Goa will take Qatar Airways’ Indian capacity up to
64 flights a week.
“By bringing forward the
launch date of Amritsar, we are able to meet the huge demand
anticipated in time for the Diwali festive holidays celebrated by
devotees of many religions, including Sikhism, during October.
Amritsar is very much the spiritual and cultural centre of the
Sikh religion,” Al Baker added.
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