New Delhi, Jan 25 (PTI) In some good news for the people of Punjab, Air India today announced direct flights between Amritsar and Birmingham. Also Read - PPSC JE Recruitment 2021: Apply for 612 Posts at ppsc.gov.in, Check Important Dates and Other Details Here

The new flight will operate twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will be served by Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Also Read - Punjab: Night Curfew Imposed in Jalandhar, SBS Nagar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala | Check What’s Open, What’s Shut?

For the onward journey, the Air India plane will fly on Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham route and for the return journey it will operate on Birmingham-Amritsar-Delhi route, according to a statement issued by the airline. Also Read - Amid Surge in Coronavirus Cases, Govt Rushes Central Health Teams to Maharashtra, Punjab | Key Points

“This is the first direct flight being operated by any airline between Punjab and the UK,” an airline spokesperson said.

Air India also operates two daily flights between Amritsar and London but these are routed via Delhi.

The flight AI 117 from Delhi will leave at 11.20 am and reach Amritsar at 12.25 am.

The flight will depart from Amritsar at 1.55 pm and reach Birmingham at 5.15pm local time.

On the return leg, AI-118 will take off from Birmingham at 6.45 pm and reach Amritsar the next day at 7.45 am. The plane will leave from Amritsar at 9.15 am and arrive in Delhi at 10.30 am.

“Air India’s direct flight from Amritsar to Birmingham and back will not only fulfil the needs of the ethnic community to fly direct to holy city of Golden temple but also help to develop better tourism and trade relations in general,” the statement added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.