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.
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.
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.”