Air India Amritsar to Birmingham
Birmingham Airport celebrated the introduction of Air India’s new service from Amritsar on 20 February. To mark the occasion the UK airport baked a cake, with the cutting proceedings being carried out by Tara Naidu, Regional Manager, UK & Europe, Air India (left); William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport (second left); and Vishwanath Panyam, Manager, Birmingham, Air India (third left), The three were also joined by Indian drummers and dancers, Members of Parliament, business leaders and members of the Sikh community in the terminal for further celebrations. This is Air India’s second route to Birmingham after Delhi.
- Air India introduced a new twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) connection from Amritsar (ATQ) to Birmingham (BHX) on 20 February. Flights depart Amritsar at 13:55 arriving into Birmingham at 17:15 the same day. Return flights depart Birmingham at 18:45, reaching Amritsar early the next morning. The airline will operate 256-seat 787-8s on the 6,387-kilometre airport pair. “We are proud to say we are offering a totally unique route, as Birmingham is the only UK airport offering a direct service to Amritsar,” commented William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport. “The Midlands has the second largest Asian community in the UK, so it is great news that we are making more of India accessible to our passengers for business, leisure and to visit family and friends.” Tara Naidu, Regional Manager, UK & Europe, Air India, added: “Amritsar is an important spiritual centre for the Sikh faith being home to the Golden Temple as well as being a major commercial and cultural centre in the heart of the Punjab. The Sikh community has long awaited this direct route and so we are sure it will be as popular as our Delhi service from Birmingham.” India’s flag carrier has been operating between Delhi and Birmingham since 2013 and has now carried more than 600,000 passengers on the city pair. See how Birmingham Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.