Jet Airways will start a new direct Airbus A330-200 belly route on 5 November between Mumbai International Airport and Manchester Airport.
This new four times a week service is the first non-stop service connecting India, via its economic capital with Manchester, the 3rd largest city in the UK.
The new flight will enhance Jet Airways’ cargo capacity by 15 tonnes from India to UK and most importantly, open a 2nd important destination in the UK to shippers and exporters and manufacturers from India. With this, the carriers’ daily cargo capacity between Mumbai and Delhi to the UK will be 115 tonnes in each direction.
Jet Airways says 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 & fabrics, foodstuffs, as well as specialized medical equipment, among others.
The non-stop service it explains will fuel trade and further develop business, from India to Manchester and greater area and vice versa.
Manchester will become the 21st international addition to the carrier’s network and the 5th non-stop service to/from the UK, becoming the largest airline between Mumbai and the UK.
It will complement the carrier’s existing thrice daily, non-stop services between Mumbai and London’s Heathrow Airport, and a daily service between Delhi and Heathrow.
The launch of the new service comes one year after the airline launched three new international services last year on 29 October to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.
Jet Airways chief executive officer (CEO), Vinay Dube: said “We are extremely pleased to begin a new chapter in our decade-long relationship with the United Kingdom. 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 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 travelers, travelling between India and the UK, deepening commerce as well as tourism ties between the two countries”.
Manchester Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan added: “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.
“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 Jet Airways Group currently operates a fleet of 119 aircraft, comprising Boeing 777-300 ERs (pictured above), Airbus A330-200 / 300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500 / 600s.