Airport News

BA to expand Indian services

Wed, 09 Jan, 2008

British Airways (BA) has announced plans to expand its services between London Heathrow Airport and India in the autumn.

The airline already operates routes from the capital's busiest airport to the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

From October 27th 2008 that portfolio will be increased by the presence of a five flights a week service to Hyderabad.

Robert Boyle, BA's commercial director, explained that once the service starts the airline will fly 48 times a week to India, making the country its biggest market after North America.

The new service will provide the first non-stop flights between the UK and Hyderabad, and Mr Boyle added: "Hyderabad has a fast growing economy based on IT, business process outsourcing and biotech industries and we believe that there will be a strong business demand for our flights."

Meanwhile, Heathrow's operator BAA has revealed 5.3 million passengers used the airport in December, despite the flight cancellations caused by fog.

Joe Evans

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