dc10bhx From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 221 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9719 times:
I have just been speaking to someone involved in Immigration at BHX (please do not ask who), who has informed me that they have been told to expect upto 5 x flights per day into BHX. Can anyone confirm this seperatley?
I know the decision about the European Hub was due but had not heard anything further than BHX was on the shortlist of Airports being considered.
If anyone can confirm this please accept my thanks in advance.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6311 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9452 times:
While I have no official news, BHX might make sense as an Air India "hub" in Europe. I mean, would BRU have made sense as a hub for India traffic in Europe? Not in my book, but Jet Airways seems to be pulling it off.
According to the UK government, BHX as a city has 61,300 people of Indian descent; the West Midlands has 199,900. The UK in total has 1.316 million. So, roughly 16% of all Indians in the UK live in the Birmingham area. Is this a huge number? No, but combined with US/Canada traffic, it could be done.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17416 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9340 times:
Quoting dc10bhx (Thread starter): I know the decision about the European Hub was due but had not heard anything further than BHX was on the shortlist of Airports being considered.
I thought we were done with this insanity. FRA, MUC, MXP, BEG, BHX? Just stop with the scissor hubs and concentrate on developing your INDIAN hub.
Quoting sw733 (Reply 1): Not in my book, but Jet Airways seems to be pulling it off.
9W has had to sublease most of its fleet intended for the BRU hub, remains a distant player in the BOM/DEL-North America market, and has not grown the BRU "hub" in a while. I'm not sure they're pulling much of anything off in BRU.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9205 times:
There's no European hub planned for AI any more - all their flights to the US are now non-stops from India, and the flights to Europe are terminators. This plan has been finalized/ uploaded to the GDS effective the winter schedule. Of course being AI they might change their mind next month, but that would not be the normal thing to do!
abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9169 times:
I think EVERY European city has by now been mentioned as the next "hub" for Air India. Stop the madness . They finally have a sensible policy around Delhi's T3 and BHX may be in the running for a 4x service from DEL ... but there is no "hub" at play.
MaverickM11 and I will continue to agree to disagree that BRU has actually stabilized for 9W .
Are we all agreed that although BHX might not become a hub, but surely would make for a logical terminator destination?!
I remember the first time AI served Birmingham, in around 1984 with 707s flying via Moscow.
Quoting sw733 (Reply 1): According to the UK government, BHX as a city has 61,300 people of Indian descent; the West Midlands has 199,900
Not just the West Midlands but also the neighbouring East Midlands, which also has a huge Indian population