Emirates continues A380 operations at Mumbai. What are Lufthansa’s options?
Dubai-based Emirates will continue operating its A380s in the prized early morning slot at Mumbai.
“Emirates can confirm that it is has received an approval from Mumbai International Airport Private Limited to continue operating its A380 service between Dubai and Mumbai for the winter 2014 timetable. The A380 service will continue to operate as flight numbers EK500 and EK501.”
This announcement once again highlights the shortage of Code-F gates at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airport and puts in to doubt the proposed A380 service by German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG between Frankfurt and Mumbai.
The airport has only one Code-F gate at present. The Emirates flight, EK500, arrives in to Mumbai at 02:15 and departs at 04:15. The Lufthansa flight, LH756, is scheduled to arrive at 01:10 and depart at 03:05. Till the additional Code-F gates are built in about 15 months time, the airport can accommodate only one of the two airlines’ super-jumbos at a time....
However just a few weeks ago - we heard about LH adding the A380 to BOM during the Winter Schedule 2014. LH To DEL And BOM With A380 (by galleypower Aug 29 2014 in Civil Aviation)
From LH's website, they still offer the A380 to BOM this winter schedule.
Does anyone know what MIAL (BOM) is planning? Are they exploring a remote gate/ bus boarding for one of the 2 A380s? I wish MIAL would come out in the open and state their policy on allocating the one Code F gate - hopefully there's no arbitrary decisions involved. It would suck for LH (and it's pax) if they had to revert to the 747-400 on the FRA-BOM sectors for winter 2014.