British Airways lists India as second largest market
The premier airline, which used to operate 19 weekly flights to Indian destinations, now operates 43 services from London Heathrow to five cities in India.india Updated: Oct 26, 2007 12:22 IST
Observing that India was a "voluminous route", British Airways has listed the country as the second largest market after the US and the third after Australia in terms of its revenue share.
The premier airline, which used to operate 19 weekly flights to Indian destinations two years ago, now operates 43 services from London Heathrow to five cities in India.
"India will be the next biggest after the US in the long-haul market. As far as revenues are concerned, India is the third largest closely competing with Australia (in the second place after the US). Our plans are to stay big here," Robbie Baird, BA's Area General Manager for the Asia-Pacific region, told PTI in New Delhi.
Asked whether the British carrier would deploy the largest aircraft, Airbus A-380, or the long-haul Boeing B-787s on the India sector, he said the airline's policy was to consolidate and then expand on the existing network.
"We have done so in Delhi, Mumbai and now in Bangalore. While in Delhi and Mumbai, double dailies to London-Heathrow have been launched, the aircraft size has been expanded on the Bangalore route from B-777s to B-747s," Baird said.
Indicating that the large planes could be introduced in the Indian sector in the next 4-5 years after they were inducted in the BA fleet, he said "but who knows how fast the market grows" as witnessed on the India route in the past two years. "It depends on how the demand grows here".