Air India to launch nonstop route from London Stansted to Amritsar

Oct 11, 2019

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Air India plans to utilise London’s Stansted Airport for long-haul operations to India. At the end of October, India’s flag carrier will begin flying from Stansted (STN) to the north west city of Amritsar (ATQ).

Beginning 31 October, the nonstop STN-ATQ route will operate on the following schedule three times per week, with some slight variation in times:

  • AI165 Amritsar (ATQ) 3:10 a.m. Departure ⇒ London Stansted (STN) 6:30 a.m. Arrival
  • AI166 London Stansted (STN) 9:20 a.m. Departure ⇒ Amritsar (ATQ) 10:30 p.m. Arrival

Air India will operate the 3,905-mile route with one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The Air India 787 features a two-class configuration: business and economy. In the business-class cabin, you’ll find 18 lie-flat seats across a 2-2-2 configuration — each with 74 inches of pitch and 22 inches of width. You can read a full review of the business-class experience here.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

In economy, you’ll find 238 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration — each with 33 inches of pitch and 17 inches of width.

“Stansted is ideally situated to serve the Asian community in North and East London and across the East of England so we are delighted that Air India has recognised the customer demand for Amritsar”, said Stansted CEO Ken O’Toole. “Our ambition is to use our spare runway capacity to build our long-haul route network and improve the UK’s connectivity with the rest of the world at a time when availability is in short supply across south-east airports”.

Air India, a member of Star Alliance, already flies from Birmingham (BHX) to Amritsar, which launched in February 2018.

Featured photo by Bruno Geiger / Flickr.

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