India’s national carrier is to celebrate the country’s Independence Day by launching non-stop flights between London Heathrow and the key Gujarat city of Ahmedabad and Newark on the US East Coast.
The Air India service will commence on August 15 and aims to reduce the journey time between the cities by up to three and a half hours.
The routes will be serviced by the carrier’s brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
“We are delighted to announce the introduction of non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Ahmedabad, a popular destination for the huge Gujarati community in the UK. We are excited to restart flights from London Heathrow to the USA. Both these direct flights commence from 15th August 2016 coinciding with India entering its 70th year of independence”, said Ms Tara Naidu, Regional Manager UK & Europe for Air India.
The introduction of the direct London-Ahmedabad services will benefit the large Gujarati community settled in the UK.
Many Gujarati organisations have been campaigning for direct flights to Ahmedabad, and the introduction of these flights will be seen as a boost to the 1.5 million Indian population in the UK and help forge closer ties between the two countries.
Air India holds historic fifth-freedom rights for this prime transatlantic route.
The aim of the new service is to meet the demands of the Gujarati diaspora and for better links between London and the US East Coast.
The London-New York sector is expected to attract business and leisure travellers based on either side of the Atlantic.