Indian airline Jet Airways has announced plans to increase the frequency of flights on its Mumbai–Manchester route.
The carrier said in May it would open up the direct route connecting Britain’s Northern Powerhouse and India’s financial capital before the end of 2018.
Although the inaugural flight is not due to take place until November, Jet Airways has already decided to add another connection, taking the total number of weekly flights to five. The route will be served by an Airbus A330-200, with planes scheduled to depart on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Lydia Nazareth, general manager for the UK and Ireland at Jet Airways, said: “We are pleased to increase the frequency on flights between Manchester and Mumbai ahead of our launch in November.
“Jet Airways is committed to deepening both commerce and tourism ties between the two countries. Expanding our flight frequency allows us to give further choice to business and leisure travellers heading to Mumbai from the North of England.
“Not only are we giving customers more choice when travelling to India, but our network of flights across India also connects Mumbai to multiple different destinations across the country.”
Flights are due to start on Monday, November 5, and it’s hoped the new link will help bolster relations between the two cities and encourage new investment.
Speaking in May when Jet Airways’ plans were first unveiled, Andrew Cowan, chairman of the Manchester-India Partnership, said the route would deliver a major boost to businesses looking to export to the world’s fastest-growing economy.
Julian Carr, aviation director at Manchester Airport, added: “We are delighted that Jet Airways has decided to increase the frequency on its direct flights to Mumbai from Manchester.
“It’s a clear indication of the airline’s commitment to Manchester, and also a sign of the demand for people from the North to travel to India. We look forward to the route starting in November and the host of economic benefits it will bring here in the North.”
Main image: Manchester Airport – photo by Hufton + Crow Photography © The Manchester Airports Group.