T8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2328 times:
As many of you know, Air India dropped there highly profitable route out of BHX in October 2008. The particular route had about 85% LF and was AI's most profitable UK route (except LHR).
The airport is now urging companies to re-establish this link through this petition: http://flyindia.birminghamairport.co.uk/
DanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
Quoting RJ111 (Reply 1): Why did AI drop the route if it was highly profitable?
The official Air India line? Slot protection at Heathrow. They said the suspension was to move the aircraft to operate via LHR so as to preserve slots there, and they would look at reinstating the service in the summer season of the next year... obviously it never happened.
I'd love to see one of the 3 airlines in India pick this back up, as I think a terminating flight would do very well, as the Birmingham-India section always did better than Birmingham-Toronto.
But the problem was, I remember seeing it being delayed by almost 26 hours sometimes. It wouldn't be that uncommon to see 2 AI aircraft at BHX because there on-time performance was just so poor.
I would love to see Kingfisher on this route though.