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Video: Business boost with Air India's direct flights to Birmingham Airport

Businesses say they believe trade with India will soon grow rapidly after companies lobbied the Indian government to get direct flights to the region.

The first flight from Delhi landed today at Birmingham Airport. As our Business Correspondent Mark Gough reports, firms believe the new link could boost import and exports to and from the sub-continent.

India: 'Important economic market for Birmingham' says expert

Flights will run each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Credit: Air India

Travel provider Air India, is to start flying from Birmingham Airport again from next month.

The service between Birmingham and Delhi will operate four times a week. Figures show that the West Midlands receives more foreign investment from India than any other region.

It's hoped the direct route will improve trade and tourism in and around the West Midlands.

Neil Rami from investment programme Marketing Birmingham, says India is an important economic market for the city.

Indian investment has secured 25,000 jobs in Birmingham, says Neil Rami Credit: ITV News Central

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New Dreamliner flights from Birmingham to Delhi

Birmingham Airport is to run flights to Delhi four times a week from August, using the new Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft.

The airport is only the second in the UK to operate dedicated Boeing 787 scheduled services.

Air India will operate the flights from Birmingham to Delhi Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Flights will run each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Martyn Lloyd, Commercial Director of Birmingham Airport said it was "fantastic news fr the region".

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “Birmingham has a proud reputation as a diverse city, with residents from the wider Indian subcontinent the fastest growing group, according to the 2011 census.”

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