Air India Launches Direct Flights From London Stansted To Amritsar

Air India is to launch a direct connection between London Stansted Airport and Amritsar in India. The airline will just beat startup flypop who plan to use the route for their launch.

Air India, London Stansted, Amritsar
Air India is to launch a new route from Amritsar in India to London Stansted. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Back in July, we reported that London based startup airline flypop was planning to launch services between London Stansted and Amritsar. It looks like this could be a good route to start with, as Air India is now set to launch the route in November. The new flight will operate three times a week making Air India London Stansted‘s second current long-haul operator.

Why Amritsar

We spoke to CEO of flypop, Nino Judge, back in July. Back then he told us that the route from London to Amritsar has approximately 200,000 passengers per year. However, there is no direct link between the two. With three flights a week to the destination, a carrier would have a capacity of 60,000 passengers per year.

As such, it is no surprise that Air India is looking to chime in on the percentage of passengers looking to fly directly between Amritsar and London. As London’s main low-cost airport, it was also presumably quite easy for Air India to get slots at the airport. In fact, just last week we reported that the airport aims to attract more long haul carriers.

Air India, London Stansted, Amritsar
Some 200,000 people are estimated to travel from London to Amritsar each year. Photo: flypop

According to The Times Of India, the new route between the two cities is “dedicated to mark the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak.”

Reaction to the new route

We caught up with Stansted startup flypop to see what they thought of Air India launching their proposed route. While it wouldn’t be ridiculous to think that they didn’t favor it, quite the opposite happened.

Air India, London Stansted, Amritsar
flypop hopes to connect the UK and India with low-cost flights. Photo: flypop

flypop told us:

flypop is very glad that [Air India] is finally meeting the demand of the Punjabi diaspora in time for the November 550th birthday celebrations of our first Guru Nanak Dev ji.

The flypop team are thrilled that[Air India] found merit in also using London Stansted as its destination in UK.  At least now our diaspora will already know where STN is! 

The demand is enough to easily support both[Air India] and flypop from STN and BHX to ATQ.  flypop will simply be the low cost option and/or if passengers want an unbundled product.

With flypop expected to make a funding announcement imminently, Air India could have low-cost competition on the route sooner than they thought they would.

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