Monday, October 30, 2017

Jet Airways launches flights from Bengaluru to Amsterdam

Jet Airways commenced operations from Bengaluru to Amsterdam on 29 October, a route that the airline will offer daily on its fleet of A330-300s. This becomes Jet Airways’ fourth route to Amsterdam, with the airline last March having started daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai, while the carrier also offers an onward connection to Toronto Pearson which too operates daily, making Amsterdam the carrier’s European hub. The route trio was originally launched on the airline’s fleet of A330-300s, but with increased demand, these rotations are now operated on the carrier’s 777-300s. Along with these connections, passengers have a wide variety of onward links thanks to Jet Airways’ partnership with KLM.

In March 2016, the only connection that Amsterdam had to India was a daily KLM service to Delhi. From 29 October 2017 the airport has 31 weekly departures, including Jet Airways’ daily services from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. While the day was a celebration for Jet Airways’ first flight, the 29 October also marked the launch of KLM’s three times weekly link to Mumbai, completing the 31 weekly flights. When referring to OAG schedules, Amsterdam is now the fourth largest airport in Europe for seat capacity to India, with over 10,500 weekly one-way seats on offer. It sits behind London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Paris CDG. However, of Europe’s four leading airports, Amsterdam has witnessed the largest rate of growth in Indian seats. Heathrow has observed weekly seat capacity this winter grow by just over 10%, Frankfurt 2.5% and Paris CDG 19%. Amsterdam is by far the star of the show, with it witnessing a climb in weekly seat capacity of just under 45%.

To celebrate the launch of Jet Airways’ first flight from Bengaluru, Amsterdam Airport’s Director of Aviation Marketing – Asia, South America, Africa, and Middle East, Wilco Sweijen, invited’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford over to enjoy the celebrations. Of course Ford said yes, and was soon booked and on his way to Amsterdam.