Manchester to Mumbai direct flights launched by Jet Airways

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 18, 2018

"Manchester will become the 21st worldwide 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", Jet Airways said in a statement.

It is chaired by Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan, who said: "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".

News of the service marks an early success for the Manchester-India Partnership, established earlier this year with the aim of furthering economic and cultural collaboration between the two countries.

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. 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. 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.

The new service will complement the carrier's existing three daily, non-stop services between London Heathrow and Mumbai, and once a day service between London Heathrow and Delhi.

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. 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".

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).

Manchester, the 3rd largest city in United Kingdom will have a direct flight from India. Therefore, this news is an important and very welcome step in increasing the business footprint of Indian industry in Manchester and surrounding regions in the North.

Flying into Jet Airways Mumbai hub will offer connections to 44 domestic routes across India.

The new flight will enhance Jet Airways' cargo capacity by 15 tons from India to United Kingdom and open a 2nd destination in the United Kingdom to shippers and exporters and manufacturers from India.

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