Hopes Manchester–Mumbai link will restart ‘at earliest opportunity’

Hopes Manchester–Mumbai link will restart ‘at earliest opportunity’
A recently-launched direct service between Manchester Airport and Mumbai has been suspended as cash-strapped Indian carrier Jet Airways fights for its future.

The route opened to much fanfare at the start of November, with services operating five days a week between the two cities. In recent weeks, two-thirds of the airline’s fleet has been grounded and numerous high-profile routes suspended as a result.

A statement on the airline’s website said: “Due to operational reasons, our flight schedule has been impacted. We realise that this has affected our guests travel plans and truly regret the inconvenience.

“We would like to assure you that our customer support teams are working 24×7 to ensure that our guests are re-accommodated on to alternate flights or provided with a full refund.”

The last Jet Airways flight on the Manchester-Mumbai route arrived in India shortly after midnight on Saturday morning. The company’s website lists upcoming flights on the route as “cancelled”. Jet Airways’ three daily flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai are currently operating as normal.

According to a report by travel industry news website TTG, Jet Airways said the suspension of the route was due to the “short time non-availability of some aircraft in its fleet”, with flights paused until the end of April 2019.

Manchester Airport’s chief executive Andrew Cowan said the route had proved to be one of the best-performing new long-haul routes launched in recent years.

He added: “We have been assured the Manchester-Mumbai service will be reinstated at the earliest opportunity and look forward to continuing to work with our partner Jet Airways.”

Main image: Jet Airways A330 – image c/o Manchester Airports Group.

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