Canadian MPs Ask For Direct Flights Between Canada And Amritsar

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by Vaishalee Kalvankar
by Vaishalee Kalvankar 96

You all must have heard people informally refer to Canada as “Mini Punjab.” The reason behind this is the demographic dominance of both Punjabis and Sikhs in the nation. If you look at the numbers, Canada has about 9,50,000 Punjabis, which accounts for 2.6 percent of the country’s total population. Looking at this scenario, Canadian MPs wrote a letter asking for direct flights between Amritsar and Canada.

Direct Flights Between Amritsar and Canada 

Canadian Conservative MPs like Jasraj Singh Hallan, Mark Strahl, Tim Uppal, and Bradley Vis wrote a letter to the country’s flag carrier, Air Canada. In the letter they addressed to the carrier, they called for direct flights between Punjab’s state and the country. They mentioned in the letter that this move will help families stay connected and also help tourism.

They highlighted the various economic and social values that will be added by the launch of direct flights between Amritsar and Canada. The MPs also mentioned that the journey is now lengthy and difficult owing to the multiple stops. With direct flights, the relationship between the two countries will grow stronger, as Amritsar’s Golden Temple is an important pilgrimage site.

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Pact Does Not Include Amritsar

Recently, Canada announced an expanded air transport deal with India. Under this deal, designated airlines will be allowed to operate unlimited flights to and fro. However, the agreement includes cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad, but not Amritsar. 

Omar Alghabra, the Canadian Transport Minister, has spoken about the issue with his Indian counterparts. There are many families in Canada that have direct ties to families, businesses, and friends in the state of Punjab in India. According to statistics, out of the 5 lakh people who travel from India to Toronto annually, a large portion are Punjabis.

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