National flag-carrier Air India is to begin direct flights between Birmingham and Amritsar next month, the company has announced.
The twice-weekly, non-stop service will be the first of its kind connecting the UK and the city of Amritsar, situated in the north-western Indian state of Punjab. The inaugural flight is scheduled to leave Birmingham Airport on February 20.
According to a statement by Birmingham Airport, the new service will run alongside Air India’s Delhi flights, which began in 2013. More than 600,000 passengers have travelled the route during the past four years.
Air India said it’s anticipating high demand and believes the move could lead to future growth.
Flights will leave Birmingham on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 18:45, before landing in Amritsar at 07:45 the following morning. UK-bound flights will leave India at 13:55 and touch down in the UK at 17:15 the same day.
William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, said: “It is great news that we will have direct non-stop connections to two Indian cities from Birmingham Airport with Air India.
“With over 200,000 British-Indian people who travel to India each year to visit friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional destination shows the large demand within the region for direct Amritsar services from the Midlands.
“Air India has been a successful partner for over four years and offers great connections to India with services operated by the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.”
Image: ©Adrian Pingstone. Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner departs London Heathrow Airport.