Air India increase frequency of service to Amritsar from Birmingham with two flights every Saturday

Air India has increased the frequency of its non-stop service to Amritsar from twice weekly
to three times a week from Saturday 5 May 2018, just a few months after starting the route

The additional nonstop service - which increases Air India's services to Birmingham Airport
to 8 flights a week - is scheduled for Saturday evenings and is in addition to the non-stop
flight from Delhi resulting in two Air India Boeing 787 "dreamliners" on the ground at the
same time. The new Amritsar service now operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Amritsar allows direct access to the major commercial and cultural centre in the heart of
the Punjab and it is home to the Golden Temple. Air India has been a successful partner
at Birmingham Airport for over four years after launching a Delhi flight in August 2013.
This service alone has already carried over 600,000 passengers since its launch

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANX operated the non-stop service from Amritsar
Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: "Amritsar was a new
route which Air India launched from Birmingham in February this year. It's great to see the
airline increase the frequency of flights within only the first few months of this route starting"

"No other UK airport currently operates a direct service to this destination and so we expected
it to be popular. With over 200,000 British-Indian people travelling to India each year to visit
friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional flight shows the
large demand within the region for direct Amritsar services from the Midlands" 

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANL had earlier arrived non-stop from Delhi 
Mr. Pankaj Srivastava, Commercial Director and Board Member of Air India, said: "Air India is
committed to serving the needs of Indian Diaspora settled worldwide and the long-standing
need for direct connectivity between Punjab and Birmingham"

"We are delighted to add one more frequency per week between Amritsar and Birmingham
from Saturday 5 May 2018 making it a three times a week operation. We are confident that
with the strong partnership with Birmingham Airport, we together will be able to grow traffic
flow from the Midlands to India"

The additional Amritsar flight will be operated by the new Boeing 787-8 'Dreamliner' aircraft.
The cabin comprises of 256 seats with 18 lie flat business class seats and 238 in economy class
Air India - summer schedule from Saturday 5 May 2018

1800/2130 AI113/114 788 from/to Amritsar via Delhi
- operates daily except Tuesday and Thursday
1815/1945 AI117/118 788 from/to Delhi via Amritsar
- operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday  

Saturday 5 May 2018

VLM Airlines to resume flights to Antwerp from Birmingham Airport on Monday 12 February 2018

VLM Airlines will resume flights to Antwerp from Birmingham on Monday 12 February 2018
- they had previously served the route between Monday 5 October 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016

The route will be operated daily on weekdays using a 50 seat Fokker 50 with one-way fares are
starting from EUR 59 - all taxes included

Karl Rickard, CEO of VLM Airlines stated: "VLM Airlines is very happy to connect Antwerp with
Birmingham again. Antwerp is one of the largest seaports in Europe, the diamond capital of the
world, the second largest petrochemical centre in the world. This thriving city is also known for
its bold and diverse arts, fashion and culinary scene. A short ride takes you to other popular Belgian
cities including Bruges, Ghent and Brussels as well as to Dutch cities such as Rotterdam and Eindhoven"

William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport said: "It is fantastic news that Birmingham
will be reconnected with the Belgium city of Antwerp. This medieval city has something for everyone,
steeped in history but also named as the country's capital of cool.  It is also known as the world's
leading diamond city.  We are delighted that VLM Airlines will be operating this service"
VLM Airlines schedule from Monday 12 February 2018

1235/1305 VO163/164 F50 from/to Antwerp
- operates Monday to Friday 

Monday 15 January 2018

Tuesday 9 January 2018 - Pskovavia Antonov 26B RA-26101 was an early evening arrival from Pskov

Pskovavia Antonov 26B RA-26101 was an early evening arrival from Pskov via Malmo parking
on the Elmdon apron - it is due to depart on a charter at 1620 on Wednesday afternoon

Jet2 to lease SmartLynx Airbus A321 YL-LCV to be based at Birmingham Airport for Summer 2018

SmartLynx have announced that they will be leasing Airbus A321 YL-LCV
to Jet2 to be based at Birmingham Airport for the Summer 2018 season

The aircraft will be leased by Jet2 from 15 May 2018 until 31 October 2018
and will fly from BHX to holiday destinations including Fuerteventura, Ibiza,
Lanzarote, Larnaca, Mahon, Malaga, Palma, Rhodes and Tenerife

Airbus A321 YL-LCV has previously visited BHX when as SE-RDO with Novair
it spent some months with Monarch Aircraft Engineering in 2017 before being
registered F-WTDH and going into storage at Lourdes in southern France

The Airbus A321 will join 7 Boeing 737-800s as Jet2s Summer 2018 fleet at BHX

Friday 5 January 2018

Friday 5 January 2018 - Airbus A320-214 G-OZBX returns from Shannon in Ellinair colours

Airbus A320-214 G-OZBX was a late afternoon arrival now in full Ellinair colours after painting at Shannon....

.... the former Monarch Airlines aircraft which had left BHX back on Monday 18 December 2017 taxied to
the Monarch Aircraft Engineering hangar to undergo further work prior to delivery to Greece in due course


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