Air India launched a new twice weekly non-stop route from Birmingham Airport to Amritsar on Tuesday.
The Boeing 787-8 took-off from Birmingham and it complements the Delhi service from the airport, which started in August 2013, and carried more than 600,000 passengers in the four years using a Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft.
The terminal at Birmingham came alive on Tuesday as the route was celebrated as Indian drummers and dancers weaved their way through passengers who were joined by UK government MPs, business leaders and members of the Sikh UK community.
Birmingham Airport aviation director, William Pearson said Birmingham is the only UK airport offering a direct service to Amritsar.
“The Midlands has the second largest Asian community in the UK and so it is great news that we are making more of India accessible to our passengers for business, leisure and to visit family and friends,” he added.
Flights operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing Birmingham at 1845 hours, reaching Amritsar early the next morning at 0745 hours. From Amritsar the flight departs at 1355 hours arriving into Birmingham at 1715 hours the same day.
Air India regional manager for UK & Europe, Tara Naidu said: “The Sikh community has long awaited this direct route and so we are sure it will be as popular as our Delhi service from Birmingham.”