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New Mumbai route catalyst for Manchester investment

06 November 2018 08:24

The new direct service will unlock opportunities

The new direct service will unlock opportunities

A new direct flight between Manchester and Mumbai could boost the economy of northern England to the tune of £400 million, a new report suggests.

The new five-times-a-week service will unlock opportunities for major trade, investment and tourism, according to research published by the Manchester-India Partnership.

The Jet Airways flights, beginning on Monday, will make Manchester the only UK airport outside London with direct services to Mumbai, one of India's biggest cities.

Building links

Aviation minister Liz Sugg said: "Connections like the one being launched today are key to Britain's economic future and will help to drive economic growth and trade both here in Manchester and right across the North.

"Co-operation, trade and tourism with India is set to grow over the coming years, and we are committed to helping build the links we need now, so that all areas of the UK can be well placed to make the most of that growing relationship."

India is the UK's seventh largest trade partner in goods outside of Europe and third largest exporter of services to the UK, and securing a direct Manchester-Mumbai service has been a long-term priority for Manchester Airport and the region.

Cultural collaboration

Manchester Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: "The launch of this service is an important moment for Manchester Airport and the wider region.

"India is one of the world's most important markets and this route will unlock huge opportunities for economic and cultural collaboration with the North.

"It underlines the importance of direct connectivity, which helps businesses export their goods and services, attracts investors to the UK and encourages tourism in both directions."

Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in the UK, welcoming 28 million passengers last year.

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