Air India, which operates a daily service to Delhi, plans to introduce two non-stop flights per week to Amritsar from Birmingham Airport.

The new route to Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, will be served twice a week direct from Birmingham, the only UK airport to operate non-stop services on the route.

Pictured is William Pearson (left), aviation director at Birmingham Airport with Pankaj Srivastava of Air India, who said: “It is great news that we will have non-stop connections to two Indian cities. With more than 200,000 British-Indian people who travel to India to visit friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional destination shows the large demand within the region for non-stop Amritsar services from the Midlands.

“Air India has been a successful partner for over four years and offers great connections to India with services operated by the new Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft.”

The Boeing 787-8 series aircraft has 256 seats in a split cabin, consisting of 18 Business Class and 238 Economy seats.

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