It will be the first time the Indian and UK cities are connected with a direct service.
India’s Jet Airways says it will launch its first direct service between Mumbai and Manchester in the UK starting from November 5 – the first nonstop connection between India and the UK’s third largest city.
The airline will deploy a widebody A330-200 on the route with 254 seats, four days a week. Manchester will be its 21st international destination and its fifth to the UK, and with the route Jet Airways becomes the largest carrier between the UK and Mumbai.
Among its existing routes are a three-times-daily link between Mumbai and London Heathrow and a daily service between Delhi and Heathrow.
Jet Airways says that the new Mumbai-Manchester route “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 hub of Mumbai”.
Fast connections are also promised to points on Jet Airways’ international network such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu.
The launch will come one year after the airline set in motion three new services on October 29 last year to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai, respectively.
The move takes on even greater importance with The Manchester-India Partnership championed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to help strengthen cultural and business ties between the two economies.