In 2016, the Manchester to Mumbai route saw 74,000 indirect passengers and 73,000 surface leakages to airports near to Manchester, making the city pair the largest unserved market from Mumbai around the world.
Now, Manchester has secured the elusive Indian connection. On November 5th, Jet Airways will launch four-weekly non-stop services from India’s economic capital, Mumbai, to its 21st international destination – Manchester. The airline will operate the service with its Airbus A330-200 aircraft and the new route will mark Jet Airways’ fifth non-stop UK to India service, making them the largest airline in the crucial Mumbai-UK market.
Jet Airways’ flight 9W 130 will depart from Mumbai at 0230 and will arrive in Manchester’s Terminal 2 at 0755. The return flight, 9W 129 will depart from Manchester at 0935 and arrive in Mumbai’s Terminal 2 at 0040. The new flight may offer connections to Virgin Atlantic’s increasing transatlantic programme from Manchester, including easy connections to Boston, Atlanta, New York (JFK) and Orlando.
The A330-200 aircraft will features 254 seats, in a two-class configuration – including lie-flat seats in Jet Airways’ Premier Business Class and a comfortable 2-4-2 arrangement in Economy Class.
The launch of this new service will 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 Mumbai hub. Similarly, quick connections to beyond points on Jet Airways’ international network such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu, will now be available.
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 3 new international services last year on Oct 29 to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.
The route is extremely significant to the economic success of the North of England.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said that the new direct flight is a ‘major milestone in our work to forge ties with the fastest growing economy in the world’ and Vinay Dube, the CEO of Jet Airways said:
‘Manchester – the fastest growing UK city outside of London is also Europe’s second largest digital hub. The city lies at the heart of the UK’s North and the area is home to leading companies from a range of industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Chemical, Financial, IT, Media, Pharmaceutical and Retail. Consequently, the new service between Mumbai and Manchester is expected to be of special significance to business travelers, as also for a significant diaspora of people, including a growing Indian community residing in and around Manchester’.
This route is seen as a culmination of the efforts of the Manchester-India partnership, created earlier this year to boost links – catering for over 100 Indian companies which have bases across the North West of England.
‘the new route will strengthen connections between two major global cities and the wider northern powerhouse’
The Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr. Liam Fox
In the wake of the announcement of Ethiopian Airlines’ new route to Manchester earlier this week, Manchester is on track to welcome at least two new international carriers this winter. Both will offer flights to destinations only previously accessible from London Heathrow. 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 and it has also been suggested that the Mumbai route could be expanded to a daily operation by the start of the summer schedule, in March 2019.
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