From the 18th of November Air India has confirmed an increase of operations to Delhi from Birmingham airport. The announcement was made on the 1st of august as the airlines celebratory dinner marking the first year of operations from Birmingham airport, India Airlines Commercial Director, Mr Pankaj Srivastava, who flew over from India for the celebration, said:
“Since starting our four times weekly Dreamliner programme from Birmingham Airport last year, we have handled more than eighty thousand passengers on board 210 flights, serving business passengers, tourists and people visiting friends and relatives.
“Air India is committed to develop and grow in this market and once we have taken the delivery of our 18th Dreamliner aircraft in November, we hope to launch the daily operation from Birmingham Airport.
“This will provide an extra 1,500 seats a week and give passengers greater choice, flexibility and opportunity to travel from the convenience of Birmingham Airport to Amritsar and Delhi, and onwards on Air India’s extensive global network.”
The current Schedule of 4 flights per week on Saturdays, Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays us the Boeing Dreamliner with 18 business class and 238 economy flights this will increase to once day flights again using the Boeing Dreamliner, This modern aircraft is Boeing’s most fuel Efficient, the long range mid size aircraft uses a twin engine design and uses 20% less fuel per flight than the Boeing 767 the aircraft replaced.
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive, said:
“We are extremely thankful to Air India for recognising the demand from travellers needing the flexibility of daily services from Birmingham.
“The West Midlands receives more foreign direct investment from India than any other region outside of London and Birmingham’s VFR market grew by 71% in 2013, now attracting more visitors from India than any English city other than London.
“It’s therefore not surprising that the route has been such a success in its first year and I am certain that a daily service would make the Birmingham route even more appealing to Midlands’ travellers.”
Bookings for Air India’s current operation can be made via www.airindia.com or through any Air India travel agent.