The first non-stop weekend flights connecting Birmingham and Amritsar have taken place, highlighting growing demand for the recently-launched direct air link between the two cities.
The initial twice-weekly service between Birmingham Airport and Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar began on February 20, with flights scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Just over two months later and national flag-carrier carrier Air India has opted to add a new Saturday service.
Tom Screen, acting aviation director at Birmingham Airport, said: “It’s great to see the airline increase the frequency of flights within only the first few months of this route starting.
“No other UK airport currently operates a direct service to this destination and so we expected it to be popular. With over 200,000 British-Indian people travelling to India each year to visit friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional flight shows the large demand within the region for direct Amritsar services from the Midlands.”
A new Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ will be used for the route, offering economy class travel for 238 passengers, as well as 18 lie-flat business class seats.
The additional service is scheduled for Saturday evenings, arriving into Birmingham at 18:15 and departing for Amritsar at 19:45.
Pankaj Srivastava, commercial director and board member of Air India, said the airline was “delighted” to be able to increase the frequency of services.
He said: “Air India is committed to serving the needs of Indian diaspora settled worldwide and the long-standing need for direct connectivity between Punjab and Birmingham.”
Image: ©Adrian Pingstone. Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner departs London Heathrow Airport.