Virgin Atlantic is set to fly to India from the North of England later this year.

The airline, founded by Sir Richard Branson, will begin flying between Manchester and Delhi for the first time in October.

Coupled with its double daily service from Heathrow to Delhi, and daily service from Heathrow to Mumbai, Virgin said it will now offer over 600,000 seats per year between the UK and India.

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “2020 marks our 20th anniversary of flying to India and as the destination continues to grow in popularity for both business and leisure travel, we’re thrilled to fly to Delhi for very first time from Manchester, our home in the North.”

The new, three-times-a week service will be operated by an A330-200 aircraft. Operating on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, flight VS318 will depart Manchester at 4.40pm, landing the next morning in Delhi at 6.05am.

The return service, VS319, will depart on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 08.10am, landing back in Manchester at 12.10pm. Flights are on sale from March 3.