Hit by slowing demand due to the economic crisis, several European carriers are suspending flights to Indian cities.
Finnair has ‘temporarily’ stopped its Mumbai-Helsinki direct flight from May till mid-October. Virgin Atlantic’s Mumbai-London flight will be suspended from May 3, while British Airways is cancelling its London-Kolkata direct flight from March-end.
“There has been excess capacity in the India-Europe sectors. These airlines used to carry a lot of onward transatlantic passengers where demand has shrunk,” said Kapil Kaul, CEO (India), Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), a global aviation consultancy. No airline has cancelled flights to Delhi.