One of the prominent private airways of India, Jet Airways will start a non-stop flight from Mumbai to Manchester from November 5, 2018. The schedule of this new non-stop route will be of four days a week running on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday every week in Jet’s 254-seater Airbus A-330.

As per the detailed time-table of this journey, Jet Airways’ flight 9W 130 will depart Mumbai 2.30 am (local time) and will arrive in Manchester’s Terminal 2 at 7.55 am (local time). The return flight, 9W 129 will depart from Manchester at 9.35 pm (local time) and arrive in Mumbai’s Terminal 2 at 12.40 am (local time). According to a statement by Jet Airways, “Manchester will become the 21st international addition to Jet network. With the introduction of this new flight – the carrier’s fifth non-stop service to/from the UK, Jet will also become the largest carrier between Mumbai and the UK.”

It is remarkable that at present Jet Airways has three daily non-stop services between Mumbai – London Heathrow, and one daily service between Delhi – London Heathrow. The newly offered service by Jet is likely to be of growing importance for the business class people residing in both the countries as well as it will be of special significance for the NRI’s residing in and around Manchester. At the same time, opening up of this new air route will also widen the doors of international trade between the two countries in the form of carriage of commodities like perishables, pharmaceuticals, engineering goods, garments and fabrics, foodstuffs, as well as specialized medical equipment, among others.

In the words of Jet’s CEO Vinay Dube: “We are extremely pleased to begin a new chapter in our decade-long relationship with the United Kingdom. The new service will bring Manchester into our global network, reinforcing our footprint as well as expanding the choice of connectivity to/from the United Kingdom for our guests with the 4 day/ week, non-stop service. With the new flight, Jet Airways will have over 8000 seats on offer every week, making it increasingly convenient for both business as well as leisure travellers, travelling between India and the UK, deepening commerce as well as tourism ties between the two countries.”

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