Air India launches its new Amritsar service from Birmingham Airport (BHX)
Air India has launched a new twice weekly non-stop service connecting Birmingham Airport and Amritsar, India.
Businesses from across the Midlands are set to reap the benefits of a new service connecting Birmingham Airport to the Indian city of Amritsar.
The new Air India service was welcomed by Indian drummers and dancers who weaved their way through passengers who were joined by Members of Parliament, business leaders and members of the Sikh UK community.
Amritsar is the second direct Birmingham to India service, complementing the Delhi service which started in August 2013. The service has carried more than 600,000 passengers in the four years it has operated using the popular Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft.
William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, said: “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.
“The Midlands has the second largest Asian community in the UK and 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 of 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.”
Flights operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing Birmingham at 18:45, reaching Amritsar early the next morning at 07:45. From Amritsar the flight departs at 13:55 arriving into Birmingham at 17:15 the same day.
A state of the art Boeing 787-8 series aircraft is serving the route with 256 seats in a split cabin, comprising 18 flat beds business class seats and 238 economy seats.