Start Toronto-Amritsar, Vancouver-Amritsar, London Heathrow-Amritsar direct flights.

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It is the petition to draw kind attention of the Government of India, Government of Canada, Government of United Kingdom, Minister of Civil Aviation India, Canada’s Minister of Transport, CMD of Air India, CEO of Air Canada, CEO of British Airways towards an important demand of the Indian diaspora for start of direct/Non-Stop flights between Toronto-Amritsar, Vancouver-Amritsar and London Heathrow-Amritsar.

In 2021, the communities across the world are celebrating the 400th Parkash Purab (Gurpurab) celebrations of Ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur jee. It is a great milestone event for people of Sikh faith & all others who bow in reverence to the Great Guru Sahib.

In the past year, Government of India & Pakistan opened the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Sikh Pilgrims from where they can go to the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur without Visa/Passport formalities. People from across the Globe have been visiting & paying obeisance at the Historical Gurdwara’s in Amritsar, Dera Baba Nanak, Sultanpur Lodhi, Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan). Amritsar is the closest Destination to all these points. But there are no direct flights from Toronto, Vancouver, London Heathrow to Amritsar.

There is big presence of over 1.2 Million Punjabi's in Canada alone and the Punjabi Diaspora has been demanding nonstop flights to Amritsar from many years. Similarly, there is big presence of Punjabi's in London Metropolitan Region & in other parts of United Kingdom, Europe who are asking for non-stop flights to Amritsar from the last many decades. Punjabi's are facing great inconvenience in travelling because of non-availability of direct flights to the International Airport in Amritsar.

Amritsar is conveniently located at a travel distance of 1-3 hours from all regions of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Southern J&K, while travel time form Delhi is over 5-8 hours. Direct flights from Toronto, Vancouver, London Heathrow to Amritsar will be the great relief for over 4.5 Million Punjabi's settled in Canada/USA/Europe/United Kingdom.

Amritsar is a preferred destination for the Punjabi Diaspora and Foreign Tourists who come here to pay obeisance at the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) and other Historical, Religious Places in the region. It hosts more than 35 million pilgrims annually. More than 6 million Punjabis settled in North America, Europe, Australia, South East Asia and Middle East Countries.

It has been a long-standing demand of millions of Indian and Punjabi diaspora to have non-stop flights between Toronto - Amritsar, Vancouver - Amritsar, London Heathrow - Amritsar.

Earlier, Air India used to operate the Amritsar - London Heathrow - Toronto flight which was the most successful flight in the history of the India's National Carrier but Air India ceased operations of ATQ-LHR-YYZ flight in October 2010 due to unspecified reasons.

Presently, due to the unavailability of Toronto - Amritsar, Vancouver - Amritsar, London Heathrow - Amritsar Non-Stop flights, Punjabi's are facing great inconvenience while travelling to their roots in Punjab region.

Amritsar is the International Tourist Destination, focal point for Sikhism, and one of the most visited cities of the world. Sikhs as well as Punjabi's have deep love and faith in Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) Amritsar.

These flights will improve connectivity, be huge fillip for Trade and Commerce by creating  more options for the export of commodities, fresh vegetables and other assortments that are always in high demand among community in Canada and United Kingdom.

Through this petition, we humbly request to the Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom The Honorable Boris Johnson to kindly guide and take personal interest in starting these direct non-stop flights between Toronto - Amritsar, Vancouver - Amritsar, London Heathrow - Amritsar. These are the most demanding, profitable and lucrative routes. It will be great convenience to the Punjabi Community of United Kingdom, Canada if the non-stop flights starts from Toronto, Vancouver, London Heathrow to Amritsar.

Your truly,

Amritsar Vikas Manch
FlyAmritsar Initiative