Air India has announced it will offer daily flights between Birmingham, Delhi and Amritsar from November.
The carrier already flies four times a week between Birmingham and India and will add the extra flights when its 18th Boeing 787 Dreamliner is inducted.
Since starting the flights last year Air India has flown more than 80,000 passengers on 210 flights.
The airline’s commercial director Pankaj Srivastava said: “Air India is committed to develop and grow in this market and once we have taken the delivery of our 18th Dreamliner aircraft in November, we hope to launch the daily operation from Birmingham Airport. This will provide an extra 1,500 seats a week and give passengers greater choice, flexibility and opportunity to travel from the convenience of Birmingham Airport to Amritsar and Delhi, and onwards on Air India’s extensive global network.”
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s chief executive added: “We are extremely thankful to Air India for recognising the demand from travellers needing the flexibility of daily services from Birmingham.
“The West Midlands receives more foreign direct investment from India than any other region outside of London and Birmingham’s VFR market grew by 71% in 2013, now attracting more visitors from India than any English city other than London.
“It’s therefore not surprising that the route has been such a success in its first year and I am certain that a daily service would make the Birmingham route even more appealing to Midlands’ travellers.”