The first scheduled flights to India from Stansted airport will take off later this month with the launch of Air India’s three-times a week service to Amritsar.
Flights start on October 31 and will be the only direct service between London and Amritsar, operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliners offering business and economy classes.
Stansted Airport CEO, Ken O’Toole, said: “It is fantastic news that there will be a direct non-stop connection to Amritsar, Punjab from London Stansted Airport with Air India.
“Stansted is ideally situated to serve the Asian community in north and east London and across the east of England so we are delighted that Air India has recognised the customer demand for Amritsar.
He added: “Just last week, we published our Gateway to Growth report that highlighted the strong and growing demand for long-haul services across the region.
“Our ambition is to use our spare runway capacity to build our long-haul route network and improve the UK’s connectivity with the rest of the world at a time when availability is in short supply across south-east airports. The welcome arrival of Air India is another positive step towards that goal.”