|Glasgow Airport could be in line to secure Scotland’s first ever direct flights to India as the UK and Indian governments ease flight restrictions to boost trade and tourism between the countries.|
As part of the agreement to scrap the limit on the number of flights which can be operated between the UK and India, the UK government wants Indian airlines to look beyond the slot-constrained London Heathrow and add flights to Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham.
At present Air India and Jet Airways operate to London Heathrow but are unable to add more flights because of slot constraints. Air India also flies to Birmingham but despite both cities having large Indian populations, currently neither Glasgow nor Manchester offer direct flights to India.
The UK’s Aviation Minister, Lord Tariq Ahmad, has held discussion with Chief Executives of Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara on a recent visit to India.
While airlines focus largely on Heathrow, the UK government is making a pitch for connections to other airports, such as Glasgow, Manchester and also London Gatwick.
Lord Tariq Ahmad, said: “The Indian market is important for us. A major part of my visit was to look at how we can strengthen our relationship,”
“People focus on Heathrow, but there are many airports which offer both domestic and international connectivity.”
Despite not currently having direct non-stop flights to India, as Scotland’s gateway to the world Glasgow Airport does offer Scotland’s greatest connectivity to the country with 4 airlines offering daily one-stop flights to 10 Indian cities.
Emirates Airline offer two daily flights from Glasgow Airport to Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumba and Thiruvananthapuram via the airlines Dubai hub.
Air France fly daily from Glasgow Airport to Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai with a connection required in Paris while Dutch airline, KLM, offer daily flights from Glasgow to Delhi, via Amsterdam. British Airways also offer daily flights from Scotland’s largest city to India with the airline flying to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, via London Heathrow.
Air France, British Airways, Emirates and KLM flights from Glasgow to India can be booked now through Air Glasgow ensuring you get the cheapest flights every time you book.