Jet Airways India to fly directly from Mumbai to Manchester
The carrier will initially connect the cities four times a week using 254-seat Airbus SE A330-200s, with a daily service planned with the start of next year’s summer schedule in March, it said.
Jet currently serves London Heathrow three times daily from Mumbai and once a day from Delhi.
The Manchester operation will aim to tap a market of 500,000 people of Indian origin living in the north of Britain, as well as seeking to attract tourists and investors from the sub-continent to the U.K., according to the release.
If the route proves successful a service to Delhi could be introduced and operations to cities including Amritsar are a possibility, Jet Chairman Naresh Goyal said.
The carrier also plans to add a second Delhi frequency from Heathrow, which with Air India Ltd.’s three services would use up the eight daily slots at Europe’s busiest airport available to the country’s airlines under an existing bilateral treaty.
Flights from Manchester and London Gatwick, which Jet may also consider, aren’t affected by those curbs. ■