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Manchester's New Long-haul Routes


Two new long haul services commenced at Manchester Airport (UK) during winter 2018, that are an important addition to the airport's route network.


The first to commence was Jet Airways' Mumbai connection with the inaugural flight on Nov 5th. Operated by an A.330-200 this was the first ever scheduled link between Manchester and India. The service was announced originally as operating 4 times a week but advance bookings were so strong that even before the first flight had operated, Jet Airways announced an increase to 5 flights a week. Since the flights began, load factors have been averaging between 80-90%. With such strong demand there is hope of the service becoming daily in the future

A Jet AIrways A330. photo: Andrew Edge

The other new service was a connection to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines which commenced on Dec 11th.  This was the first scheduled link to continental Africa from Manchester since South African Airways' Johannesburg flights ceased in the mid 1990s. Ethiopian operate the new Manchester service four times a week as an extension of their daily Brussels schedule, although the intention is to move to a direct service as demand increases. The available seats are split 50/50 between Manchester and Brussels.  Scheduled to be operated by a B787-8, around 25% of the flights have been upsized to a B787-9 indicating a promising start to their operations.

A 787-8 of Ethiopian Airlines. Photo: Andrew Edge

Written by Andrew Edge. All photos by Andrew Edge.

Stop Press: Jet Airways close reservations on the Manchester route with effect from March 23rd 2019. This is more than likely related to Jet's financial situation or regulatory issues, since the load factors have been so good to date.

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