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More long haul flights are ready for take-off.

Birmingham International Airport has unveiled its new summer timetable, with six new long-haul routes bringing the total number of scheduled destinations to 51.

Five of the new routes will serve the Indian sub-continent, with flights to Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Amritsar and Tashkent.

The sixth new service is a weekly scheduled direct flight to Toronto.

The timetable also features details of increased frequencies on a number of existing routes, including, Rome, Stockholm and Milan.

The new Asian services start at the end of this month as Uzbekistan Airways, a new airline operating at Birmingham, begins a twice-weekly service to Tashkent, the ancient capital of Uzbekistan, formerly part of the Soviet Union. The Thursday and Friday flights, which begin on March 30, will go on to the Indian city of Amritsar, home of the famous Golden Temple.

A second service to the Punjab will be operated by Turkmenistan Airlines via Ashkhabad as the airline increases its existing flights from three to four each week. This service to Amritsar will operate each Monday from March 27.

From Sunday, Pakistan International Airlines will operate a twice-weekly service to Karachi each Thursday and Sunday. The Sunday flight will go via Copenhagen and Islamabad, while the Thursday flight will operate via Copenhagen and Lahore, with onward connections to Islamabad.

This is the first time PIA has operated from Birmingham.

The new Toronto service, operated by Canada 3000 each Friday, offers a non-stop scheduled flight to Canada from Birmingham.

Addititional route frequencies contained in the new timetable include an increase of flights to Rome and Stockholm from one to two per day and a fourth flight each weekday to Milan. These services are operated by BA franchise partner Maersk Air.
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