We need a direct flight to Mumbai from Birmingham

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Message from Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands:

The Midlands serves a large Indian community of nearly 500,000, with significant populations in Birmingham, Leicester, Northampton, Nottingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. I am really pleased there is an Air India flight to Delhi from Birmingham but if people need to go to Mumbai they have to travel to Heathrow. Given the significant business (Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Rolls Royce, Bharat Forge, Pattonair and Bombardier to name a few) links between the Midlands and India, and the strength of the diaspora, there is strong demand for a direct flight between Birmingham and Mumbai.

I went to India last year to meet the Aviation Minister and made the case for a direct route. Birmingham Airport have also been working hard on creating this new route, but we need to show the feeling of the people of the Midlands when a delegation from the airport go out to India again in October.

There is a business case but there is also a personal case – thousands of families will be able to reconnect more easily with a new route. The Midlands and India have a wonderful relationship, we need to strengthen it with a new route.