Friday, January 27, 2023

Flights from Indian metros to London gain in popularity, airlines add frequency

Mumbai: Air travel demand has gone up on routes from Indian metros to London which has had competing airlines add frequency to Heathrow, plan flights from India to London-Gatwick and also use the fifth freedom right to land into London.

Last month, British Airways increased its flight frequency on the Mumbai-London route from two to three daily flights. The airline operates the new route (BA134) with its brand new A350 aircraft, said a British Airways (BA) spokesperson. With the latest addition, BA operates 56 flights per week from five cities – a double daily from Delhi, now thrice a week from Mumbai, and a daily flight from Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru.

“The additional flight has a convenient departure time of 08:50 in the morning arriving at 13:10 in London Heathrow giving customers ample options to connect on our vast trans-Atlantic network,” said the British Airways spokesperson. Moran Birger, British Airways’ head of sales for South Asia, Middle East and Africa said: “The additional flight will feature our new Club Suite in business class. Each seat has been designed to offer privacy, comfort and space.”

Two weeks ago, the Tata-Group owned Air India announced plans to clear up its slots in London-Heathrow to allow more flights from Delhi and Mumbai. From summer 2023, Air India’s thrice-a-week flights to London from Goa, Cochin, Ahmedabad and Amritsar will land in Gatwick and not Heathrow. The airline also announced the launch of five additional weekly frequencies to London Heathrow. Subject to regulatory approvals, Air India will add three flights from Delhi to London-Heathrow, increasing the frequency from 14 to 17 times per week and two from Mumbai, to take it up from 12 to 14 times per week.

27/01/23 Manju V/Times of India

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