Air India has confirmed plans to launch flights between London’s Gatwick Airport and Bengaluru.

The new route has been discussed on our forum for several months, and the carrier has now issued a press release with the launch date set for 18 August.

The service will operate five-times-weekly, with flight AI177 departing Bengaluru on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 1305, arriving into Gatwick at 1905.

The return leg will leave London at 2035, landing back into Bengaluru at 1050 the following day.

Bengaluru will be Air India’s fifth destination from Gatwick, joining flights from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa and Kochi which launched last year.

Air India to fly to Gatwick from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa and Kochi

In total the airline will offer 17 weekly flights at Gatwick Airport from this summer, alongside 31 weekly services from Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai, and six weekly flights from Birmingham to Amritsar and Delhi.

The news follows the recent launch of Virgin Atlantic’s route between Heathrow and Bengaluru.

Virgin Atlantic launches Bengaluru route and goes double daily on Mumbai

Commenting on the news Campbell Wilson, chief executive officer and managing director, Air India, said:

“We are delighted to offer our guests convenient, non-stop flights between Bengaluru and London Gatwick.

“This new route caters to the growing demand for travel between these two important business and leisure destinations, and strengthens our commitment to expanding our global network.”

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