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India's Jet Airways to launch daily flights to new European hub in Brussels

India's Jet Airways to launch daily flights to new European hub in Brussels

India's largest private airline Jet Airways said Wednesday that it would start direct flights to Brussels this summer, launching itself as a direct rival to state-owned Air India on flights between India and Europe.
Jet Airways said the Belgian capital would be its European hub, linking up with Brussels Airlines to connect to other parts of Europe, North America and Africa.
Daily direct flights from Brussels to Mumbai and New York area's Newark airport would start Aug. 5, with another daily service from Brussels to Delhi and Toronto starting later in the year, the airline said.
It said it wanted to run up to 10 daily flights via Brussels to cities in India and North America, it said, and would seek government approval to operate from Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Chennai to Los Angeles, Chicago and New York's JFK airport, via Brussels.
Only one other Indian airline, Air India, runs flights to Europe with routes to London, Birmingham, Paris and Frankfurt.
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said the new flights would mean a million extra passengers a year for Brussels airport and a massive boost for Belgian trade with India.
Indians last year invested more than US$1 billion (euro740 million) in Belgium, making it the third largest location for Indian money. These figures are boosted by the high-value trade in diamonds between the world trading center in Antwerp and a growing market for cutting and selling diamonds in India.
Verhofstadt said Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal had told him that he wanted to offer transfer passengers a sightseeing tour of Brussels instead of letting them sit around waiting in the airport. Rising middle-class incomes in India are expected to increase tourist numbers to Europe.
Jet Airways said it started on Wednesday to receive in Brussels the first of 20 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The airline already operates 62 aircraft, a fleet that is one of the world's youngest. It currently operates over 340 flights daily and has a 35 percent share of the Indian domestic market.


Updated : 2021-03-02 16:32 GMT+08:00