EUROPE & CIS: Virgin Atlantic cuts Mumbai service

Virgin Atlantic Airways will cease operations – at least temporarily – on its Mumbai-London service from May as the economic crunch continues to takeits toll on the global aviation industry. “We have decided to temporarily suspend operations to Mumbai with effect from May 4. We are suspending this service until rational conditions re-emerge and it […]


Virgin Atlantic Airways will cease operations – at least temporarily – on its Mumbai-London service from May as the economic crunch continues to takeits toll on the global aviation industry.

“We have decided to temporarily suspend operations to Mumbai with effect from May 4. We are suspending this service until rational conditions re-emerge and it can resume service on this important route,” said Neha Lidder Ganju, senior marketing manager- India, Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Virgin Atlantic has stated that while it performed satisfactorily in its first three years, the overall traffic between Heathrow and Mumbai fell 18 per cent last year. In addition, there was an “irrational level” of capacity on the route. This would be unsustainable at the best of times, but is ruinous in current conditions,” the carrier told the Business Line.