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AI Seeks Additional LHR Slots At Bilateral Talks

Sat Jun 15, 2002 1:13 am

The bilateral air services agreement between India and the UK will be renegotiated/renewed during talks next week. The meetings will take place on June 20-21 in London.

The UK is seeking rights to additional frequencies between LHR and MAA, as well as access to nonstop markets such as BLR. However, the Indian side is making a precondition of additional slot awards at LHR for Air India before any additional services to India will be approved. Air India is seeking to increase their fifth freedom flights from Heathrow, as well as provide additional nonstop service to other destinations in India.
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RE: AI Seeks Additional LHR Slots At Bilateral Talks

Sat Jun 15, 2002 1:24 am

It'll be interesting to see what happens here; many other airlines, such as MH, TG, EK and of course, SQ, have got extra rights to LHR ahead of AI, whose slot numbers have remained pretty stagnant for years. I hope they do and I am sure places like BLR might become of great interest to the likes of VS and BA. One would expect VS to get a decent amount of new Indian slots becoming available.

Isn't amazing that none of these airlines will even consider LGW. The issue of new runway capacity is soon to come to the UK government and although there is very little space for expansion, I hope they can at least attempt to find space even for a 5-6,000' runway, which would take smaller airliners off the main runways. Unlikely, but since most airline interest is focused on LHR and not being able to offer extra slots at LHR will undoubtedly create problems for British airlines expanding, what is the alternative. Certainly, when the US/UK bilateral comes up for renegotiation, this will be a major issue.
 
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RE: AI Seeks Additional LHR Slots At Bilateral Talks

Sat Jun 15, 2002 3:13 am

Is Air India profitable?
 
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RE: AI Seeks Additional LHR Slots At Bilateral Talks

Sat Jun 15, 2002 3:22 am


I wish I could convert Isn't amazing that none of these airlines will even consider LGW. into Isn't amazing that none of these airlines will even consider MAN/BHX/GLA/EDI/LBA/NCL.

Do you think the question of AI restarting services to MAN will be on the cards? To me, it was very embarrassing to read in Flight International in March 1999 that AI wanted to increase frequency to several "key" destinations including MAN only to find them withdrawing the service a couple of months later. If I did my maths correctly, they were operating at something like 70% loads on their 4 weekly A310 service. (When they began in 1996 or 1997 on a 2 weekly A310 basis, it was reported in my local paper that they wanted to operate a 4 weekly 747 service but were unable to).

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RE: AI Seeks Additional LHR Slots At Bilateral Talks

Sat Jun 15, 2002 11:51 am

These bilaterals are going to be crucial for Virgin as currently they are not very happy with the code share arrangement with Air India and are on the verge of pulling out. Reg BA, the market is there for ex MAA and ex BLR, since the erstwhile Sabena collapse, no new non stops to europe have been introduced in their place ex MAA (sabena was flying thrice weekly to Brussels from MAA).Meanwhile the increased dmenad to UK from MAA is now being picked up by Emirates who with their 4 x weekly flights to DXB have good connections to most european cities. Gulf Air is also now aggressively promoting their LON flights here as they now offer connections via BAH (they are servicing BAH now with a daily flight instead of MCT).

TK