Air India to suspend Birmingham service

Air India will be temporarily moving their Birmingham
flights to London Heathrow from the start of the winter
schedules on 26 October 2008
At present Air India operate a three times weekly
Boeing 777-200 service that routes Delhi-Amritsar
-Birmingham-Toronto and return
Peter Vella Birmingham Airport's Business Development
Director, said, "Air India is initiating more direct flights
from India to the USA and as a result is reducing the
number of transit flights it operates at London Heathrow,
including services to New York. The Airline will risk losing
its Heathrow slots if it doesn't operate at least 80% of its
allocated movements and, given their value, it needs to
secure them. As a result, Air India will temporarily move its
Birmingham flights to Heathrow until the summer 2009"
"Although we are disappointed by Air India's decision, we
appreciate the Airline's position to maintain its extremely
valuable slots from the Capital"
The last BHX flight will operate on 25 October 2008 -
1130/1330 AI 188 772 from Toronto/to Amritsar and Delhi
Air India hope to restart the Birmingham flights in June 2009
Wednesday 10 September 2008


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