Air India has announced its new service between Birmingham and Delhi will fly on to Amritsar.
The extension of the route to the Punjab city is in response to public demand and was announced earlier than had been anticipated.
Kailash Singh, the airline’s regional manager UK, Ireland and Europe, revealed it was on the airline’s agenda when the new service was announced recently at Birmingham Airport. The announcement of the route extension was made at a civic celebration to mark the re-introduction of the Birmingham to Delhi route, which ceased in 2008.
Speaking at the reception, held at the ICC, Birmingham Airport’s CEO Paul Kehoe said: “It took us five years to get the route back and just two days to get it extended to Amritsar.” Mr Kehoe added that it was now up to the people of the West Midlands to support the flight.
Mr Singh added there was “a strong possibility” of it becoming a daily service or additional routes being added.
The service was re-introduced after a petition signed by more than 28,00 people called for its return.
The extension to Amritsar will prove popular with the Midlands’ Sikh community. Amritsar is the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion and home to Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple, which attracts more visitors each year than the Taj Mahal.
Flights to Delhi will depart four times a week, with Air India using the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, from August 1.
Mr Singh added that the inaugural flight was now sold out.