Manchester celebrated a new connection to India with the arrival of Jet Airways and its inaugural service from Mumbai on 5 November. Andrew Cowan, CEO, Manchester Airport and Marnix Fruitema, EVP, Jet Airways, were on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Flights will operate five times weekly on the carrier’s 254-seat A330-200s.
- Jet Airways launched flights from Mumbai (BOM) to Manchester (MAN) on 5 November, its first service to the UK airport. The 7,332-kilometre connection will be flown by the airline five times weekly on A330-200s. UK Aviation Minister, Baroness Liz Sugg said: “Connections like the one being launched between Mumbai and Manchester are key to Britain’s economic future and will help to drive economic growth and trade both here in Manchester and right across the North of the UK.” Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport added: “The launch of this service is an important moment for Manchester Airport and the wider region. India is one of the world’s most important markets and this route will unlock huge opportunities for economic and cultural collaboration with the North. It underlines the importance of direct connectivity, which helps businesses export their goods and services, attracts investors to the UK and encourages tourism in both directions.” Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways, said: “We are happy to be the first airline to offer a non-stop, premium service between Mumbai and Manchester. The UK is a very important destination for Jet Airways and with the addition of Manchester we hope to make a further contribution to boosting tourism and trade between the two countries.” The only other Indian destination served from Manchester in W18/19 is Goa, which is served by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI Airways. Along with Manchester, the only other airports in the UK to offer regular, non-stop flights to India are London Heathrow and Birmingham.