Fly Mumbai to Manchester with Jet Airways

Tapping the Indian diaspora in Northern England


May 21, 2018

/ By / Kolkata

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The new flight will also connect the growing Indian diaspora in Manchester

The new flight will also connect the growing Indian diaspora in Manchester

Jet Airways has recently announced the launch of its first non-stop service between Mumbai and Manchester starting this winter.

Jet Airways, one of India’s premier international airlines has announced that beginning November 5, 2018, it will launch its first non-stop service between Mumbai and Manchester, thus further strengthening its connect to the United Kingdom (UK). This new service is the first non-stop service connecting India, via its economic capital with Manchester, the third largest city in the UK. Jet Airways will deploy its wide body A330-200 with 254 seating for the service, which will operate for four days every week including Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Manchester will become the 21st international addition to the Jet Airways network and with the introduction of this new flight – the carrier’s 5th non-stop service to/from the UK, Jet Airways will also become the largest carrier between Mumbai and the UK.

The launch of this new service is aimed to provide seamless connectivity to several domestic destinations to and from India which include Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhuj, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Aurangabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Nagpur, Rajkot, Raipur, Udaipur, via the airline’s hub, Mumbai. Similarly, quick connections to beyond points on Jet Airways’ international network such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu, will also be made available with the new route.

The new service will complement the carrier’s existing thrice daily, non-stop services between Mumbai–London Heathrow, and a daily service between Delhi–London Heathrow. The launch of the new service comes one year after the airline launched three new international services last year on October 29 to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.

Vinay Dube, chief executive officer, Jet Airways said, “We are extremely pleased to begin a new chapter in our decade-long relationship with the UK. The new service will bring Manchester into our global network, reinforcing our footprint as well as expanding the choice of connectivity to/from the UK for our guests with the four 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 travellers, travelling between India and the UK, deepening commerce as well as tourism ties between the two countries”.

The new service between Mumbai and Manchester is expected to be of special significance to business travellers, as also for a significant diaspora of people, including a growing Indian community residing in and around Manchester.

Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan, stated,  “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 am 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. This route will deliver a major boost to businesses looking to export to the world’s fastest-growing economy, as well as helping to attract Indian visitors and investors to the North. We look forward to working with Jet Airways on launching the Mumbai service in the months ahead.”

The new flight also assumes great importance with the ‘The Manchester-India Partnership’ pioneered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to help strengthen cultural and business ties between the two economies. The launch of the new service will also support with the recommendations of the UK government, which has been promoting connectivity to other key cities in the UK, besides London, Heathrow.

Cargo enhancement

The new flight will also enhance Jet Airways’ cargo capacity by 15 tonnes from India to UK and also open a second important destination in the UK to shippers and exporters and manufacturers from India. With this, Jet Airways’ daily cargo capacity between Mumbai and Delhi to the UK will be 115 tonnes in each direction.

The opening up of Manchester route will enable the airline to offer the much needed daily direct capacity from Mumbai and other stations in India for carriage of commodities such as perishables, pharmaceuticals, engineering goods, garments and fabrics, foodstuffs, as well as specialised medical equipment, among others. The non-stop service will fuel trade and further develop business, from India to Manchester and greater area and vice versa.




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