KLM is to launch a new Amsterdam-Mumbai route from October 29, served by the carrier’s B787-9 aircraft.

The three times-weekly non-stop flights will operate on Mondays, Thursday and Sundays, departing Schiphol at 1300 and landing into Mumbai at 0155 the following day, before leaving the Indian city at 0400 and arriving back into Amsterdam at 0845.

Last year Jet Airways moved its European hub from Brussels to Amsterdam, in the process forming a codeshare deal with KLM and Delta, and KLM’s president and CEO Pieter Elbers said that the carrier’s presence in India “has grown enormously since we began our strategic cooperation with Jet Airways”.

“The introduction of a direct service to Mumbai, the economic heart of India, means KLM can now offer its customers even better access to 48 destinations across India, as well as destinations elsewhere on the Indian subcontinent and in Asia,” added Elbers.

“This latest addition will bring the total number of direct flights between the Netherlands and India next winter to 31 flights a week. This will be a great stimulus for ties between the two countries.”

KLM and Jet Airways both offer year-round daily flights between Amsterdam and Delhi, while Jet Airways also offers a year-round daily service from Mumbai, and a daily route from Bangalore (launching this winter).