20 JANUARY 2020
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Air India is launching direct flights from Stansted to India’s economic capital Mumbai (below) from 21 February using the state-of-the-art Boeing B787 Dreamliner, just three months after the airline launched its Amritsar service from the airport (BTN 4 November 2019).
The news has been welcomed by business leaders and tourism chiefs who say the new link will generate significant trade and tourism opportunities.
It will also benefit the 200,000 people from Stansted’s catchment area who currently travel to Mumbai each year from other UK airports.
The new three times a week service is running initially for the winter season and will be operated by a 256-seater Dreamliner offering both Business and Economy classes.
Airport CEO Ken O’Toole said: “With Stansted sitting in one of the most vibrant, exciting and innovative regions in the UK, it should come as no surprise that Air India has decided to launch this new service to one of the world’s most important economic hubs.
“This new route is further evidence of the growing demand from businesses and passengers across the region for more long-haul connections from their local airport.
“Some 200,000 people from our region travel to Mumbai every year from other airports, so the new service will provide greater choice and help to cut down unnecessary journeys.”
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