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Article from BTNews 8 DECEMBER 2014

Birmingham Airport and Air India

Air India’s new daily flight programme between Birmingham, Delhi and Amritsar will commence on Sunday 21 December, after the carrier takes delivery of its 18th Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Extending the Birmingham operation from four flights a week to daily services, the airline will offer more than 3,500 seats on the route each week.  This growth comes just 15 months after launching the Birmingham route, which has carried more than 106,000 passengers.
 
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said: “We are incredibly thankful to Air India for committing to daily services from Birmingham and adding more direct capacity to India from the Midlands.

“The West Midlands receives more foreign direct investment from India than any other region outside of London and Birmingham’s VFR [visiting friends and relatives] market grew by 71% in 2013, now attracting more visitors from India than any English city other than London.

“It’s therefore hardly surprising that the route has been such a success since its inauguration in August last year as it allows people to travel from their local catchment area, rather than airports further away.”

The Dreamliner operates a 256-seat cabin, consisting of 18 Business Class and 238 Economy seats.  www.airindia.in    www.birminghamairport.co.uk

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