Travellers flying British Airways (BA) to Mumbai gain more flights from June 4, 2019.
It means the number of BA services linking London Heathrow with Mumbai will increase from 14 to 18 per week.
The route losing the capacity, according to a tweet today by Airlineroute, by the withdrawal of this B787-9, will be London to Johannesburg.
Flights BA51 and BA50 currently operated by this four-class B787-9 are being axed from the beginning of June. And neither will these services return for the winter schedules.
In their place comes an additional four flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai. This route now sees 18 flights a week from BA as against the 14 services currently operated.
BA is increasing capacity to Mumbai following the “suspension” of scheduled services by Indian airline Jet Airways.
The four new flights which operate ex-London every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (returning from Mumbai the following day) are:
BA135 London Heathrow-Mumbai 1750-0740 (following day)
BA134 Mumbai-London Heathrow 1210-1720
BA is following in the footsteps of Air France, KLM and Etihad who started to add capacity in order to accommodate Jet Airways’ customers.
All three of the latter carriers worked closely with Jet Airways on routes out of India to the Gulf, Europe and North America.
Over the Easter period, for example, Etihad was scheduling four A380s out of London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi to connect with onward flights to India.