British Airways looks for tie-ups for flights to Hyderabad

Here's evidence of India emerging as a lucrative market for airline companies. At a time when airlines around the world are struggling for survival, UK's flagship airline British Airways wants to link Londoin directly to Hyderabad becoming the first airline to launch five weekly non-stop flights between London and Hyderabad.
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Dec 10, 2008, 05.04 PM | Source: CNBC-TV18

British Airways looks for tie-ups for flights to Hyderabad

Here's evidence of India emerging as a lucrative market for airline companies. At a time when airlines around the world are struggling for survival, UK's flagship airline British Airways wants to link Londoin directly to Hyderabad becoming the first airline to launch five weekly non-stop flights between London and Hyderabad.

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British Airways looks for tie-ups for flights to Hyderabad

Here's evidence of India emerging as a lucrative market for airline companies. At a time when airlines around the world are struggling for survival, UK's flagship airline British Airways wants to link Londoin directly to Hyderabad becoming the first airline to launch five weekly non-stop flights between London and Hyderabad.

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Old ties are hard to sever and British Airways now wants to link London to the Nizam's seat in India. The UK flagship carrier will operate five flights a week to the Cybercity. 

 

Here is a verbatim transcript of Akanksha Banerji and Isha Dalals comments on CNBC-TV18. Also watch the accompanying video.

 

Here's evidence of India emerging as a lucrative market for airline companies. At a time when airlines around the world are struggling for survival, UK's flagship airline British Airways wants to link Londoin directly to Hyderabad becoming the first airline to launch five weekly non-stop flights between The Queen's seat, and the Nizam's capital.

 

Robbie Baird, Regional Director - AsiaPac British Airways said, It's a city of interest to business travelers from Europe and North America.

 

India is the second largest market for British Airways, after the US, in terms of passenger volumes. According to media reports, British Airways has been in talks with Indian airlines, like GoAir, for a possible merger or tie-ups. Something the company's now willing to comment on at the moment.

 

Robbie Baird said, There have been rumours we will talk about them as and when there is something. But if someone comes knocking at our doors and it seems like its good. We will tell you then.

 

But British Airways has had to layoff staff and review routes, in the wake of high fuel prices and the global credit crunch.

 

In India, the Kolkata route might be affected from March next year.

 

Robbie Baird said, We have reviewed routes one third of our managers will leave at the end of this year. We are controlling what we can control. Our fuel bill has increased from Euro 2 billion to Euro 3 billion, that's 30% of our operational costs.

 

British Airways continues to be bullish on India even in this bleak economic environment. India is the second largest market for the carrier in passenger volume. With the launch of the Hyderabad route, the total number of flights to India is now 48 per week.

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