Jet Airways will launch the first non-stop service between Manchester and Mumbai on November 5.
Flights will operate four days a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
With the introduction of the new flight – the carrier’s fifth non-stop service to/from the UK – Jet Airways claims it will also become the largest carrier between Mumbai and the UK.
Jet Airways already flies three daily, non-stop services between London Heathrow and Mumbai, and once a day service between London Heathrow and Delhi.
The new Manchester flights, using A330-200s, will connect with flights to nearly 35 domestic destinations to and from India including Ahmedabad, Vadodara,, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chennai, and Nagpur.
It will also allow quick connections on Jet Airways’ international network to cities such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu.
Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan, said: “Securing a direct service to one of India’s major cities is the product of a lot of hard work over a long period of time to forge closer ties between Manchester and this globally significant economy.
“Direct connectivity to the world’s most important markets is key to creating a prosperous and internationally competitive Northern economy, and a balanced and outward facing UK.
“This route will deliver a major boost to businesses looking to export to the world’s fastest-growing economy, as well as helping to attract Indian visitors and investors to the North.”
Flight 9W 129 will depart Manchester Terminal 2 at 0935 and arrive in Mumbai’s Terminal 2 at 0040.
Return flights from Mumbai will leave at 0230 and arrive in Manchester at 0755. All times are local.