Air India has become the first Indian airline to operate at London’s Gatwick Airport with the introduction of four new routes.
In the last week the Indian flag carrier has launched services from London Gatwick to Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Kochi and Goa, switching them from London Heathrow, and flying on each route three times a week.
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, effective as of March 26.
In total, there are 49 Air India flights a week between the UK and India
The expansion is part of a modernisation programme to transform the airline into a world-class, premium airline and reinforce the strong links between the UK and India.
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 May 2023, initially on the Delhi route. This will enable First Class service to be reinstated for passengers.
Nearly 500 jobs are likely to be created in the UK due to fleet expansion and new services.
Campbell Wilson, Air India Managing Director & CEO, said: “We have ambitious yet focused plans to restore Air India to its rightful place as one of the world’s foremost carriers.
“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.
“We are pleased to be launching services from London Gatwick as well as expanding our Heathrow operation, enabling our passengers to have even more choice on how they enter India.”