Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hope over number of flights between India and West Midlands

Mayor Andy Street is hoping to see an increase in the number of flights between the West Midlands and India as a result of a trade visit to the country.
Following the Conservative Party Conference this week the mayor joined Communities Secretary James Brokenshire on a trade visit to India on Thursday, as part of the Midlands Engine.
The trip is intended to strengthen the Midlands-Maharashtra Technology Partnership, a regional element of the UK-India technology partnership announced by the Prime Minister earlier this year.
And, speaking from India, the mayor said that the delegation is particularly interested in increasing the number of flights between the two destinations, while also increasing trade between the two.
“This has been a fascinating and productive trip, focusing largely on two key areas," the mayor said.
"First, we have met with some of the biggest and fastest growing automotive technologies companies with a view to increasing trade links between the West Midlands and India.
"Secondly, we have been working with Birmingham Airport to seek to build on vital routes. Since 2013, 657,000 passengers have flown with Air India between the Midlands and multiple destinations, with travel between Birmingham and Delhi growing by 88 per cent in that take and travel to Amritsar by a staggering 314 per cent.
"In essence, we want to increase the frequency of flights and the launch of new services to other key cities.”
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