UK-based Virgin Atlantic is adding two new connections from India to the city of Manchester.

In an announcement from the airline, Virgin Atlantic announced it will start flights from Manchester to Mumbai on December 19. The flights from Mumbai will be followed by services to Delhi on January 5.

The Manchester-Mumbai flights will operate thrice-weekly and twice-weekly for Manchester-Delhi. Both routes will use the airline's Boeing 787-9 jets with 258 seats. The new routes will be in addition to the daily flights to the two Indian cities from London-Heathrow.

With the large population of Indians living in the United Kingdom, the new services will open up 130,000 seats between the city of Manchester and India.

Regarding the opening of the new routes, Virgin Atlantic Chief Commercial Officer Juha Jarvinen stated: “Following the relaunch of services from Heathrow to Mumbai and Delhi in September 2020, these new services from Manchester represent our continued investment in India. Both Mumbai and Delhi are popular year-round destinations, and we look forward to welcoming travellers from the North and Midlands onboard as demand for leisure and business travel gradually increases to the region.”

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