First Scheduled Stansted-India Flights Announced

London Stansted Airport. (Both images via LSA)

The first ever scheduled flights to India from London Stansted will take off later this month with the launch of Air India’s three-times a week service to Amritsar in the north west of the country. 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.

Ken O’ Toole, CEO of London Stansted, 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.

“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. India is an important and popular destination for UK residents, both for tourism and business interests. We look forward to working with Air India to make this route a great success and further improving the connectivity between London and India in the coming years.”

An Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner landing at Hong Kong International Airport. The type will soon be a regular at London Stansted airport.