Virgin Atlantic to start 33 new flights Mumbai to London every week

Meanwhile, the airport operator said that the airport will witness a 27 per cent boost in passenger traffic to London from Mumbai post the introduction of the renewed flight service

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In a major boost for air service between Mumbai and London, Mumbai Airport Authorities on Tuesday said that the passenger traffic to London from Mumbai is expected to rise about 27 per cent this fiscal following the resumption of services on the route by the Virgin Atlantic last Sunday.

The British carrier had previously halted the flight services to the country's financial hub from London in January 2016. However, the flight carrier between the two mega cities restored the services October 27 onwards to capture the demand which has risen after the grounding of Jet Airways. The now-defunct airline, Jet Airways, had been operating three daily flights on the Mumbai-London route before ceasing all operations in April this year.

Virgin Atlantic's first flight operated by a 256- seater Boeing 787, arrived in the city from London Heathrow on October 28, Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), the operator of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), said in a release.

Meanwhile, the airport operator said that the airport will witness a 27 per cent boost in passenger traffic to London from Mumbai post the introduction of the renewed flight service. MIAL, in their release, said that with the launch of new flight services, Mumbai Airport now would operate 33 flights per week and over 1,500 passengers per day between the UK capital and India''s financial capital.

In the fiscal year ended March 2019, over 5.50 lakh passengers travelled on the Mumbai-London-Mumbai route, it added.

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