As passengers boarded bmi’s first flight to Amritsar in northernmost India, bmi’s CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer enjoyed some of the Indian nibbles on offer together with Lynne Wood, Special Services Executive at London Heathrow Airport.
- bmi British Midland International returned to India on 13 October as the airline launched an extension to its route between London Heathrow (LHR) and Almaty (ALA) in Kazakhstan. The three weekly flights now continue to Amritsar (ATQ) in Punjab, northern India. Notably, the airline does not have local rights between Kazakhstan and India, making it a route between the UK and India only. This is bmi’s first route to India since the Star Alliance airline operated non-stop flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai in 2005-2006. Flights on the new route are operated with 232-seat A330-200s. The only other service between Europe and Amritsar is Comtel Air’s charter operations from Vienna, which receive feed from the UK.