Spain woos Kingfisher for Madrid European hub.
Geographically, Madrid makes less sense then say Vienna or Munich as it will entail significant backtracking for connecting flights to NA. HEL is an ideal location.
Kingfisher's stated strategy is to offer non-stop flights to NA, and not go through an European hub.
Spain is in advanced talks with Indian private carrier Kingfisher Airlines to make Madrid its European hub for onward flights to the US and South American destinations, an official said Thursday. "We are in advanced talks with Kingfisher and hope to see progress," Enrique Ruiz e Lera, director of the Spain Tourism Board for India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, told IANS here.
"We had previously spoken to Jet Airways to make Madrid its European hub. Brussels offered them a better deal but we hope for better luck with Kingfisher," the official added.