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Air India to Expand in the UK with New Services from London Gatwick

Our Bureau - : Mar 29, 2023 - : 1:22 am

Air India is expanding its UK presence. The Indian flag carrier is launching four new services from London Gatwick to Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Kochi and Goa, switching them from London Heathrow, and flying on each route three times a week.

Each of the four new services will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Flights to Ahmedabad and Amritsar started on March 26 while services to Kochi began on March 27. Flights to Goa commenced on March 28.

From London Heathrow, Air India is adding five additional weekly frequencies, with flights to Delhi increasing from 14 to 17 times a week, and to Mumbai from 12 to 14 times a week.

Air India also plans to upgauge the equipment on its London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai routes with Boeing 777 aircraft, expected to be added from Maythis year, initially on the Delhi route.

“We have ambitious yet focused plans to restore Air India to its rightful place as one of the world’s foremost carriers,” said Campbell Wilson, Air India Managing Director & CEO. ““Our substantial investment in customer service, new aircraft and the brand overall will enable us to gain market share on key routes from the UK to India as well as drive more business and leisure travellers to visit India itself.

Air India also flies from Birmingham to Amritsar and Delhi three times a week on each route. In total, there are 49 Air India flights a week between the UK and India .

The flag carrier, which has 126 aircraft currently, has embarked upon a major transformation, having recently placed the largest-ever firm orders for a total of 470 aircraft with Airbus and Boeing, with deliveries starting later in 2023.

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