As part of its bid to restore profitability Jet
Airways has decided to stop flying between Brussels
and Bangalore in southern India. The move
to abandon the route will come as a shock to many people seeing as Jet only
inaugurated it a few weeks ago.
Raja Segran, the carrier’s VP for Europe and
confirmed to Business Traveller that the route will cease by January 12 next
Until then the carrier will continue to ply
between Brussels and Bangalore four times a week, rising to a
daily service over the busy Christmas and New Year period.
The news follows hard on the heels of the news
that Jet will abandon its transpacific Shanghai
to San Francisco
service from January 13 next year.
It means that from early next year Bangalore will be left with only three direct air services
from Europe: British Airways and
Kingfisher from London Heathrow, Lufthansa from Frankfurt
and Air France from Paris CDG.
now all Indian airlines are losing money,” says Raja Segran, “so we are not
immune. However we are probably doing better [than the others] and we are
having to take measures [such as dropping the two above-mentioned routes] to
come out of the financial crisis.”
Jet’s current schedule on the route sees 9W132
departing Bangalore at 0135 and arriving in Brussels at 0750. Return
service 9W131 leaves Brussels at 1010 arriving
back in Bangalore
at 0005 the next day.
Brussels acts as a hub for Jet Airways and so the flights to/from Bangalore neatly dovetail into onward Jet Airways
transatlantic connections to New York and Toronto.
Jet’s existing services from Brussels
(to Mumbai, Delhi, New York
will continue as before.
For more information go to jetairways.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter