Monday, March 23, 2009
Virgin Atlantic and Finnair have both officially announced that they will be suspending their respective flights to Mumbai, India due to high losses that they incurred. Where as a majority of VS's traffic was O&D, a vast majority of AY's traffic was 6th freedom transit traffic bound for UK, CPH, ARN and OSL via their HEL hub. Both airlines will cease operations to/from BOM effective May 2009.
VS has too confirmed that it will be reducing capacity to JNB-Johannesbourg, South Africa from April from a daily B 744 to a daily A 346.
With Kingfisher launching new BOM-LHR flights with an A 332 and Air India increasing capacity by flying a daily terminator BOM-LHR effective April using a B 773ER, someone on this key route was bound to call it quits. Unfortunately, it was VS!