The increasingly popular Birmingham International Airport is to up its game this autumn. As of October this year, it will see flights leaving for the northern Indian city of Amritsar. It’s a joint venture between the new operator Bilga Air from India and the UK airline Monarch, who were recently named ‘Leisure Operator of the Year’ and currently have great success flying from Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Birmingham.
The flights will be a breakthrough for the West Midlands airport and will hopefully serve both tourists and people travelling on business. It’s predicted that flights will run to India twice a week to begin with, most likely on Sundays and Mondays, but this will be reviewed depending on the demand.
The flights will boast two classes, economy and premium economy, and will be fitted with TV screens, plenty of legroom and a few leather seats in certain areas. The large Asian community in the Midlands gives executives at Bilga Air plenty of optimism about the demand and potential for the service. From Amritsar there is a host of popular destinations in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the rest of Asia available. But Amritsar, with its famous Golden Temple, could well become a new popular tourist attraction for Brits wanting something new.
Birmingham Airport seems to be flying high at the moment. This year also saw regular flights begin to and from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines up to five times a week. At this rate, it might soon be up there competing with the likes of Gatwick and Manchester.