Mumbai: The second largest airline at London's Heathrow airport, British Midland International, popularly known as BMI, Thursday said it will be connecting the holy city of Amritsar to London from October 14.
The tri-weekly flight will be the only direct air service available from Punjab to Britain and offers onward connecting options within the island nation besides onward trips to North Atlantic from London on its sister airlines.
The airline is offering economy class return tickets starting from Rs 38,091.
The travel time from Amritsar to London will be 12 hours and from London to Amritsar 11 hrs 35 minutes, with a brief stop-over in Almaty, Kazhakastan, but without changing the aircraft, a statement from the airline said.
The Amritsar-Almaty-London flight will depart Amritsar at 0410 (IST), will arrive at Almaty 0745 and reach Heathrow at 1050 (GMT) on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while London-Almaty-Amritsar flight will leave Heathrow at 0955 (GMT), arrive Almaty at 2320 and land in Amritsar at 0245 (IST) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
"Traditionally, Punjab and Britain share deep and strong business and social relations. We are glad to offer customers from Amritsar convenient and shortest route to travel to London," BMI India Sales Manager Vikas Mathur said in the statement.
The airline will deploy Airbus A330s, which can seat 232 passengers -- 36 Business Class and 196 Economy Class seats -- in this route. However, it said the route is subject to Indian government approval.
Based at Donington Hall in England BMI, a fully-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa, is a Star Alliance member and was launched in 1997. It connects 32 cities across Europe, Asia and Africa from London.