Tata Sons-owned Air India on Friday announced 20 more weekly flights to Birmingham, London and San Francisco.
“It is part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to regain its leadership position on the map of international aviation. Additional flights to these 3 global destinations will be introduced gradually from October to December this year,” the former state carrier said in a statement.
“With 5 additional weekly flights to Birmingham, 9 additional weekly flights to London and 6 additional weekly flights to San Francisco, Air India will be able to offer more than 5,000 additional seats to customers every week,” he added.
Air India’s current schedule of 34 weekly flights to the UK will now increase to 48 flights.
Birmingham will receive an additional five flights a week, three from Delhi and two more from Amritsar.
London will receive nine additional weekly flights, five of which are from Mumbai, three from Delhi and one from Ahmedabad.
In total, Air India will operate direct flights from seven Indian cities to the UK capital.
Flights from India to the United States will increase from 34 to 40 per week.
Air India will now connect Mumbai with San Francisco with a thrice-weekly service and resume Bengaluru thrice-weekly service. This takes Air India San Francisco’s offer from 10 to 16 a week with non-stop service from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
“As Air India re-emerges under the Vihaan.AI transformation programme, adding frequency and improving connectivity from major Indian cities to more international destinations is an important objective. This significant increase in frequency to the US and UK, as well as the addition of new city pairs and improved cabin interiors, comes just 10 months after the Tata Group acquired Air India. It is a clear signal of our intent and an early step towards a much bigger aspiration,” said Air India CEO Campbell Wilson.