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User currently offlinedc10bhx From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9562 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.


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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6306 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9295 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.



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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17367 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9183 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.



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9048 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!


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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5076 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9012 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  .

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A.



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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17367 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8699 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
MaverickM11 and I will continue to agree to disagree that BRU has actually stabilized for 9W

No I think we agree that 9W has stabilized in BRU, but I see it as AA "stabilizing" in STL 



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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8642 times:
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BHX as a hub c'mon !!!!!!!!

No way.



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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7481 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8582 times:

I would not have mentioned that he/she is in Immigration.

It is probably quite a small team.


User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5634 times:

BHX as a AI hub does not make sense. Air India has FRA still as a European Hub from ORD/EWR until sometime next month. After that the flights will operate Nonstop from North America to India.

User currently offlinemainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5347 times:

Quoting Flying Belgian (Reply 6):
BHX as a hub c'mon !!!!!!!!

No more unusual as BRU as a hub 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


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