Air India has restarted flights from Birmingham to Delhi and Amritsar after being suspended since March after Pakistan closed its airspace.
The carrier resumed the six-times-a-week service on Thursday (15 August) following “a short period of reduced frequencies due to airspace restrictions out of the airline’s control”. Pakistan has now reopened its airspace for civilian aircraft.
Air India, which will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route, flies to Delhi and on to Amritsar on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, and to Amritsar and then Delhi on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The resumption of Air India’s flights from Birmingham came as India celebrated its Independence Day.
Debashis Golder, regional manager, Europe and UK, for Air India, said: “Air India is committed to not only support the region’s Indian diaspora, but also the need for direct connectivity for business travel in our business class product.”
Nick Barton, Birmingham airport’s chief executive, added: “Air India provides the vital connectivity for business and leisure travellers needing direct access to two of India’s most important cultural cities.”
“There is a strong demand in the Midlands to Delhi and Amritsar, particularly for those travelling to visit family and friends in the Punjab region, which is why Air India’s Birmingham operation has grown from strength to strength.”