After a three-year hiatus, Virgin Atlantic Cargo will resume service to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on October 28. The carrier, which will operate daily passenger and cargo flights to Mumbai from its London Heathrow hub, will perform the route on Airbus A330 aircraft.
According to a press release, Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s decision to return to Mumbai centered on India’s rosy forecast for airfreight growth. Plus, the freight carrier’s daily service to New Delhi has become one of its most profitable routes, Virgin Atlantic officials revealed.
“Returning to Mumbai is a real bonus for our cargo business and our customers,” Virgin Atlantic Director of Cargo John Lloyd said in a statement. “The air cargo market in India is already very strong for us through New Delhi, and with Mumbai’s buoyant commercial center and industrial infrastructure, we expect to easily fill our capacity with cargo connecting to and from points across the Virgin network.”
The London-Mumbai route also offers strong connectivity to the U.S., Lloyd added.
Like Lloyd, British High Commissioner to India James Bevan extols the return of Virgin Atlantic Cargo service to Mumbai. “The expansion of air links between the UK and India helps to underpin the vibrant people-to-people ties between our two countries,” Bevan stated. “And it reinforces the UK’s position as an unrivaled global hub for business and a stepping stone to the rest of the world.”
Virgin Atlantic Cargo previously flew to Mumbai from 2005 to 2009.