Amritsar Nov 4: Even as cricketer-turned-politician and BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu leads a protest march to the Raja Sansi airport on Wednesday, Nov 5, Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday, Nov 4 made an appeal to all political parties to sink their mutual differences and come together to keep the holy city on the international tourist circuit by " saving airport from going into oblivion".
In an emotional appeal, Mr Majithia said that time had come that all parties should rise above their party lines and petty politics to save the status of Raja Sansi Airport. He said that it was imperative for all of us to ensure that trade and economy of Punjab was not hit due to sudden stoppage of international flights to Raja Sansi Airport.
In a statement released here, he said that retention of international flights was necessary to decongest Delhi Airport as 29 per cent of the airline passengers leaving or embarking at the Delhi Airport were from Punjab.
The Minister said that international flights to Raja Sansi had facilitated the pilgrimage of a large number of pilgrims to the Golden Temple. The sudden stoppage of flights would now cause lot of inconvenience to lakhs of pilgrims, he said while pointing to the decision of Singapore Airlines and Jet Airways to discontinue their flights to Raja Sansi due to the land fee which was comparatively higher than other airports and poor passenger response.