12 NOVEMBER 2018
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A new link between Manchester and India’s economic capital Mumbai which started last week is set to deliver a £400m boost for northern England in trade, investment and tourism benefits, according to a report released to coincide with the launch.
Attended by aviation minister Baroness Liz Sugg and guests from across the region, the launch follows a sustained push from Manchester Airport and partners driven by increasing economic ties between the two cities.
The study, The Northern Powerhouse and India, describes the North as the “ideal collaborator” with India, with its digital, advanced manufacturing and energy strengths aligning with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s economic priorities.
Baroness Sugg said: “Connections like the one being launched today are key to Britain’s economic future and we are committed to helping build the links we need now, so all areas of the UK can be well placed to make the most of that”.
Jet Airways is flying the new route on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays using an Airbus A330-200, with 254 seats across Première (Business) Class and Economy Class.
Chairman Naresh Goyal said: “We are happy to be the first airline to offer a non-stop, premium service between Mumbai and Manchester, reflecting the importance of the UK as a destination for us.”
(See also El Al joins Northern Powerhouse story in this issue).
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