This new service is the first nonstop service connecting India, via its economic capital with Manchester, the third largest city in the UK. Jet Airways will deploy its wide body A330-200 with 254 seating for the service, which will operate for four days every week including Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.\u00a0Manchester will become the 21st international addition to the Jet Airways network and with the introduction of this new flight, the carrier\u2019s fifth non-stop service to\/from the UK, Jet Airways will also become the largest carrier between Mumbai and the UK. The launch of this new service will provide connectivity to several domestic destinations to and from India which include Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhuj, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Aurangabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Nagpur, Rajkot, Raipur, Udaipur, via the airline\u2019s hub, Mumbai. Similarly, quick connections to beyond points on Jet Airways\u2019 international network such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu, will now be available. The new service will complement the carrier\u2019s existing thrice daily, non-stop services between Mumbai - London Heathrow, and a daily service between Delhi - London Heathrow. The launch of the new service comes one year after the airline launched three new international services last year on October 29 to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai respectively. Vinay Dube, chief executive officer, Jet Airways, said, \u201cWe are extremely pleased to begin a new chapter in our decade-long relationship with the United Kingdom. The new service will bring Manchester into our global network, reinforcing our footprint as well as expanding the choice of connectivity to\/from the United Kingdom for our guests with the four day\/ week, non-stop service. With the new flight, Jet Airways will have over 8000 seats on offer every week, making it increasingly convenient for both business as well as leisure travellers, travelling between India and the UK, deepening commerce as well as tourism ties between the two countries\u201d. Manchester - the fastest growing UK city outside of London is also Europe\u2019s second largest digital hub. The city lies at the heart of the UK\u2019s North and the area is home to leading companies from a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, chemical, financial, IT, media, pharmaceutical and retail. Consequently, the new service between Mumbai and Manchester is expected to be of special significance to business travellers, as also for a significant diaspora of people, including a growing Indian community residing in and around Manchester. The fast-expanding business and industrial hub also has one of the largest student communities in Europe, besides being extremely well connected to other major cities such as Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield, all within close proximity to Manchester. Andrew Cowan, CEO, Manchester Airport said, \u201cSecuring a direct service to one of India\u2019s major cities is the product of a lot of hard work over a long period of time to forge closer ties between Manchester and this globally significant economy.\u00a0We have worked, along with a range of partners, to create a compelling case for why our city - and the wider North - is a great place to visit, invest in and do business with.\u00a0I am delighted Jet Airways has recognised this by launching what I\u2019m sure will be a hugely popular service, not least for the 500,000 people of Indian origin living across the North.\u00a0\u201c He further adds, \u201cDirect connectivity to the world\u2019s most important markets is key to creating a prosperous and internationally competitive Northern economy, and a balanced and outward facing UK.\u00a0This route will deliver a major boost to businesses looking to export to the world\u2019s fastest-growing economy, as well as helping to attract Indian visitors and investors to the North.\u00a0We look forward to working with Jet Airways on launching the Mumbai service in the months ahead.\u201d Jet Airways\u2019 flight 9W 130 will depart from Mumbai at 0230 hrs (Local time) and will arrive in Manchester\u2019s Terminal 2 at 0755 hrs (Local time). The return flight, 9W 129 will depart from Manchester at 0935 hrs (Local time) and arrive in Mumbai\u2019s Terminal 2 at 0040 hrs (Local time). The new flight assumes even greater importance with the \u2018The Manchester-India Partnership\u2019 championed by the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, to help strengthen cultural and business ties between the two economies. Growth in cargo The new flight will enhance Jet Airways\u2019 cargo capacity by 15 tons from India to UK and most importantly, open a second important destination in the UK to shippers and exporters and manufacturers from India. With this, Jet Airways\u2019 daily cargo capacity between Mumbai and Delhi to the UK will be 115 tons in each direction. The opening up of Manchester route will enable the airline to offer the much needed daily direct capacity from Mumbai and other stations in India for carriage of commodities such as perishables, pharmaceuticals, engineering goods, garments & fabrics, foodstuffs, as well as specialised medical equipment, among others. The non-stop service will fuel trade and further develop business, from India to Manchester and greater area and vice versa.