Entrepreneurs are backing calls to supercharge trade between India and the Northern Powerhouse by starting direct flights from Manchester Airport.
A recent conference held by Manchester inward investment agency MIDAS and the Indian High Commission heard an Air India representative suggest one of its new 787 Boeing Dreamliners could operate a new route from Manchester to India.
Presently Manchester, the prime airport hub for the North of England, only flies to Goa the ‘Make in India, Innovate with Manchester’ event at Manchester Town Hall heard.
Two Indian origin entrepreneurs based in the North gave IndiaGBNews.com their view on supporting MIDAS’ call for a direct air link between Manchester and India:
Raam Shanker of Manchester based Equitus Engineering www.equitusengineering.com said:
“Manchester is growing and is said to be at the centre of the proposed Northern Powerhouse. India is the fastest growing and the most open economy in the world, presenting a huge opportunity for the city, which also has a strong Indian community. In order to capitalise on all these factors there has to be direct connectivity between Manchester and India.”
Amitabh Singh Jolly Managing Director CoGlobe Consulting www.coglobeconsulting.com said:
“Mumbai has been always called the Manchester of India for the Industrial and commercial nature of the city. A flight between Mumbai and Manchester will be just the right way of connecting the two cities from a future growth perspective. Manchester after London is the second most important city for India from an education, cultural, business and social perspective with so many Indians studying or working here along with the Indian diaspora who continue to nurture their Indian roots. Industry wise Manchester is attracting lots of investment from India and to put it the other way round even Industries from Manchester region are keen to explore Indian market. To top it all a direct flight would create a substantial increase in tourist traffic from UK to India!”
IndiaGBnews.com says: “Britain must rebalance its economy in action as well as words. Clever marketing slogans like the Northern Powerhouse must have substance and deliver tangible results. The North of England offers a completely different set of opportunities to India than South East. The North offers industrial expertise and know-how with competitive operating and living costs. More direct air links to India from Manchester Airport would make doing business easier and send a powerful message that the region is brimming with vitality and is open for business. It would also cut out onerous stop overs which needlessly disrupt journeys. We urge the UK Government to get behind this laudable campaign, being championed by Midas, and encourage Air India and other carriers to back more direct air links for Manchester Airport.”
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