Air India is set to start operating 12 new flights a week to London Gatwick Airport, in addition to five additional flights to London Heathrow Airport.

Beginning 26 March this year, London Gatwick will receive flights from the Indian cities of Goa, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Kochi (Cochin).

The airline will run three flights a week from these cities to London using 787-8 aircraft, with 256 seats across business and economy classes.

The new flights are expected to further bolster community links between India and the UK, especially London.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate Stewart Wingate said: “The arrival of Air India and its four routes to London Gatwick is fantastic news for the airport and passengers across London and the south-east.

“India not only offers wonderful cities and beach destinations to explore but provides a wealth of opportunities for businesses and wider connectivity.

“These connections are also hugely important to our local and regional communities, with people looking to visit family and friends across India.”

Gatwick Airport operator VINCI Airports added that the new services not only underline its commitment to sustainable business growth with new air connectivity but also showcase Gatwick’s competitiveness to lure crucial new routes.

Meanwhile, with five additional flights, Air India increased the frequency of its operations from Delhi to Heathrow from 14 to 17 times a week, and from 12 to 14 times a week for Mumbai.

The move is part of the Indian flag carrier’s ongoing effort to enhance its reach on the international aviation map.