Air India, a Tata Group-owned Indian full-service carrier has expanded its UK network by adding London Gatwick and launching four new services from the airport to Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Kochi, and Goa.
These services have been relocated from London Heathrow, and the airline intends to operate on each route three times per week.
On March 28th, the new Gatwick-Goa service will begin. Air India’s UK network now has 49 weekly flights as a result of this expansion.
Air India Flights to London, UK
Air India has launched a direct flight from Amritsar to Gatwick, UK, with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats on its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
The airline will operate three flights a week on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from Amritsar, and nine other weekly flights from Ahmedabad, Goa, and Kochi, making it a total of 12 weekly flights to Gatwick.
#FlyAI: Our flight from Amritsar to London will now fly to Gatwick Airport. This non-stop route will operate 3x weekly. On this occasion Shri Som Parkash, MOS Commerce Govt of India, handed over the first ticket to a lucky passenger at the inaugural event on the airport.#ATQToLGW pic.twitter.com/pYCDDYFJbh— Air India (@airindiain) March 27, 2023
Air India also operates 31 weekly flights to Heathrow, London, from Delhi and Mumbai, and a total of 49 flights in the UK per week, including six flights to Birmingham.
Enhancing its International Network
Air India is looking to enhance its international network as part of its five-year transformation plan, Vihaan.AI. It plans to significantly enhance connectivity between India’s major cities and prime global destinations and be acknowledged as India’s Flying Ambassador to the world.
The new flights will also meet the growing demand for direct air connectivity from various important Indian destinations to the UK, as well as from the UK to these popular Indian cities.
New Boeing 777 Aircraft for London Heathrow
Air India has also announced plans to upgrade its equipment on the London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai routes with Boeing 777 aircraft, which will be added beginning in May 2023 on the Delhi route. This upgrade will allow passengers flying to the UK to resume first-class service.
Creating Jobs in the UK
Air India estimates that due to fleet expansion and new services, nearly 500 jobs will be created in the UK.
According to Campbell Wilson, CEO and MD of Air India, the new services will enhance connectivity between India’s major cities and prime global destinations, and fulfil the growing demand for direct air connectivity from various important destinations in India to the UK and from the UK to these popular cities in India.