Jet Airways will start a new direct route on 5 November between Mumbai International Airport and Manchester Airport.
This new service is the first non-stop service connecting India, via its economic capital with Manchester, the 3rd largest city in the UK. Jet Airways will deploy its Airbus A330-200 four days a week on a Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Manchester will become the 21st international addition to the carrier’s network and the 5th non-stop service to/from the UK, becoming the largest airline between Mumbai and the UK.
The service will provide connectivity to several domestic destinations to and from India and on the international network of Jet Airways to the likes of Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu.
It will complement the carrier’s existing thrice daily, non-stop services between Mumbai and London’s Heathrow Airport, and a daily service between Delhi and Heathrow.
The launch of the new service comes one year after the airline launched three new international services last year on 29 October to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.
Jet Airways chief executive officer (CEO), Vinay Dube: said “We are extremely pleased to begin a new chapter in our decade-long relationship with the United Kingdom. The new service will bring Manchester into our global network, reinforcing our footprint as well as expanding the choice of connectivity to / from the United Kingdom for our guests with the 4 days / week, non-stop service.
“With the new flight, Jet Airways will have over 8,000 seats on offer every week, making it increasingly convenient for both business as well as leisure travelers, travelling between India and the UK, deepening commerce as well as tourism ties between the two countries”.
Manchester Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan added: “Securing a direct service to one of India’s major cities is the product of a lot of hard work over a long period of time to forge closer ties between Manchester and this globally significant economy. We have worked, along with a range of partners, to create a compelling case for why our city – and the wider North – is a great place to visit, invest in and do business with.
“I am delighted Jet Airways have recognised this by launching what I’m sure will be a hugely popular service, not least for the 500,000 people of Indian origin living across the North. Direct connectivity to the world’s most important markets is key to creating a prosperous and internationally competitive Northern economy, and a balanced and outward facing UK”
The Jet Airways Group currently operates a fleet of 119 aircraft, comprising Boeing 777-300 ERs (pictured above), Airbus A330-200 / 300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500 / 600s.