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British Airways bets on terminal 5

Connectivity counts in the international arena and British Airways plans to fight competition through what it calls its unmatched network across America and Europe, reports Lalatendu Mishra.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2008 20:48 IST
Lalatendu Mishra

Connectivity counts in the international arena and British Airways plans to fight competition through what it calls its unmatched network across America and Europe.

“We respect healthy competition and nobody can match us in connectivity,” said Amanda Amos, area commercial manager, British Airways. “For us India is an incredibly important market and we will do all for the convenience of passengers rather than bothering about competition.”

The carrier which has faced flak in the past for losing passengers’ baggage at the chaotic Heathrow airport is now upbeat on the newly set up Terminal 5 (T5) at Heathrow exclusively for British Airways passengers to erase those bitter memories. “We have rectified all the problem at T5 since it opened in March and all of our flights from India would be handled out of T5 by October,” Amos said.

After Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways announced plans to start flights to London and Brussels from Bangalore, BA said it would start a new service from Hyderabad to London starting December 7. But officials declined to comment on whether BA would offer lower fares to lure passengers.