Saturday, March 18, 2017

Etihad withdraws A380 from Mumbai airport

Mumbai airport’s joy of hosting three of the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, each day – the only airport in the country to do so – is going to be short-lived, with Etihad announcing the withdrawal of these aircrafts in Mumbai-Abu Dhabi circuit.

Though airport sources said the A380 service was being withdrawn owing to low demand for premium service in the market, the airline said the 496-seater aircraft is being withdrawn temporarily from Mumbai route as part of its “seasonal” adjustments.

“The adjustments are part of Etihad Airways’ seasonal planning of schedules based on market demand. Due to the capacity change, any affected guests will be re-protected on other flights to their final destination,” the airline said in a statement.

The airline is redeploying the aircraft to the Abu Dhabi-Paris route from July 1hoping it will attract premium passengers.

Last year, the Mumbai international Airport Ltd (MIAL) had improved airport infrastructure by adding additional Code F aerobridges (capable of simultaneously allowing entry and exit of passengers from both the upper and lower decks) to accommodate these large aircraft as each of them carry about 400 passengers in one go, thus reducing pressure on an overstretched airport like Mumbai.
18/03/17 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror