Indian carrier Jet Airways plans to transfer its ‘scissor hub’ from Brussels to Amsterdam Schiphol.
The news is reported on Dutch aviation website luchtvaartnieuws.nl and was broken by Etihad CEO James Hogan at a press conference in Amsterdam earlier today.
Etihad holds a 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways (see online news April 24) and with its new cooperation agreements with Dutch airline KLM this would seem a logical move.
Jet Airways operates between Brussels, North America and India and these routes will be sorely missed by Brussels which has few long-haul connections compared to its Schiphol rival.
No timescale is available as to when the route transfers will take place.
In other news, James Hogan revealed that Etihad had no intention of joining Skyteam. But the carrier is interesting in working more closely with (Skyteam member) Delta airlines of the US.
Etihad already works closely with KLM covering various destinations on a joint-venture arrangement. Luchtvaartnieuws reports that KLM CEO Peter Hartman claims that in only four months the two carriers had already booked an additional 10,000 passengers under this agreement.
Report by Alex McWhirter