A second Air India long-haul route from Stansted has taken off from the UK airport.

India’s financial and entertainment capital of Mumbai is being served three times a week.

The new link joins the airline’s Amritsar route which started from Stansted less than four months ago.

The airline has deployed a 256-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Mumbai service, which will initially operate until the end of the winter flight schedule in March.

Stansted chief commercial officer, Aboudy Nasser, described the launch as a “vote of confidence” in the airport and its catchment area.

He added: “Already 200,00 people travel to India’s economic hub from our region every year, so with the added convenience of flying from their local airport saving valuable time and money by avoiding other London airports, we expect this service to be very popular with passengers.”