First Mumbai flights to provide Northern Powerhouse boost

Galtero Lara
May 18, 2018

Jet Airways will launch the first non-stop service between Manchester and Mumbai on November 5th.

Manchester Airport expects the route to provide a major economic boost to the region in a similar way that the Manchester Beijing route did.

The new route connecting Britain's Northern Powerhouse and India's financial capital is expected to be up and running by November, with four weekly flights linking the two cities.

The new flight will be operated with a 254-seater wide body Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the airline said. 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.

Manchester will become the 21st global addition to Jet Airways' network and with the introduction of this new flight - the carrier's fifth non-stop service to/from the UK.

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Tim Newns, chief executive officer, MIDAS, Manchester's inward investment agency, said; "As one of the founding members of the Manchester-India Partnership (MIP), along with Manchester Airport, one of the key deliverables was to secure a direct flight to India and so we are delighted to have supported the airport in achieving this key building block".

Jet Airways' flight 9W 130 will depart from Mumbai at 0230 hours (local time) and will arrive in Manchester's Terminal 2 at 0755 hours (local time). 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 day/ week, non-stop service.

Lord Jim O'Neill of Gatley, who coined the BRICs phrase to the refer to the high growth economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China, said: "Adding Manchester to Mumbai as a direct route, in addition to China a couple of years ago, shows once more, the pioneering leadership of Manchester Airport, opening itself and the whole Northern Powerhouse to the only two countries in the world with more than a billion people each, and with India, an economy that can probably see its GDP growth rates surpassing even those of China over much of the next 15 years".

Manchester Airport was lobbying with Indian carriers to mount direct flights since several months.

The launch of this new service will provide seamless connectivity to several domestic destinations to and from India, the airline said, adding similarly, quick connections to beyond points on Jet Airways global network such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu, will now be available. "The new flight will enhance Jet Airways' cargo capacity by 15 tons from India to United Kingdom and most importantly, open a 2nd important destination in the United Kingdom to shippers and exporters and manufacturers from India".

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