Amsterdam connecting countries

The Indian airline Jet Airways recently began its daily non-stop services between India and Amsterdam. As of 27 March, 2016, Jet Airways will operate two daily flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one to Mumbai and one to Delhi. Jet Airways will also operate a daily flight from Amsterdam to Toronto.

As a recent article in the Dutch newspaper FD explains (Dutch link), these new flights symbolise how the mutual interest between the two countries is intensifying rapidly. Since the early 1990s, the amount of investment and trade between the two countries has increased every year.

Until the Jet Airways flights, passengers flying from the Netherlands would have to change flights and spend at least 13 hours to finally reach Mumbai. Now the direct flights from Amsterdam reduce that time to about nine hours.

Dutch interest in India

India is an especially popular place for Dutch businesses, the article explains, because of its high growth levels. India is seen as a market with huge potential, due to its rapidly expanding middle class of hundreds of millions of people, and a government that is spending hundreds of billions on infrastructural projects.

Thousands of Indian knowledge workers in Amsterdam

But Jet Airways is not only bringing Dutch entrepreneurs to India. There are also thousands of Indian knowledge workers in the Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam. They work for Indian IT companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant, Infosys, and Wipro Technologies. India is also investing in the country beyond the IT sector. Tata Steel and the Indian tire manufacturer Apollo Tyres Vredestein are in the Netherlands, and major Indian pharmaceutical companies such as Sun Pharma have laboratories in the Amsterdam region.