Air India plans to introduce two non-stop flights per week to Amritsar from Birmingham Airport.
The new route to Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, will be served twice a week direct from Birmingham Airport, the only UK airport to operate non-stop services on this route, according to a statement from the UK airport.
Air India services, which started in August 2013, have been a ‘great success’ offering passengers the opportunity to travel directly from their local airport to Delhi. The service has carried almost 500,000 passengers in the four years it has operated.
Birmingham Airport Aviation Director William Pearson said with over 200,000 British-Indian people who travel to India to visit friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, the additional destination shows the large demand within the region for non-stop Amritsar services from the Midlands.
Air India Director for Commercial Pankaj Srivastava said the services will start early 2018.
In the same statement, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “One of the most common issues raised when I talk to the Sikh community in our region is that they and their families are unable to fly direct to Amritsar….Ever since, we’ve been working with Air India and Birmingham Airport to explore whether we could introduce this direct service for the 135,000 Sikhs living in the West Midlands.
British MP Preet Gill said Sandwell is twinned with Amritsar, and in her capacity as local councillor, she had campaigned for these non-stop flights.
The Boeing 787-8 series aircraft has 256 seats in a split cabin, consisting of 18 business class and 238 economy seats.
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