In a significant strategic move, India’s premier airline Jet Airways has announced shifting its European hub to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam which is considered to be the fastest growing airport in the continent. Jet Airways is opening this route on 27th of March with one daily flight between its Indian hubs Delhi and Mumbai to the Dutch capital. In addition, the airline will also run a daily between Toronto to Amsterdam considering the strong concentration of Indian population in Canada. Schedules of all three flights have been planned in such a manner that it will allow seamless connectivity to Toronto and to other destinations (the flights from India and Canada will arrive at a specific hour).
“This is a significant step for Jet Airways and demonstrates our continuous endeavour to provide greater choice and better connections for our guests. The new base in Europe will facilitate convenient connectivity to the travelers to many major global destinations because of our code share agreement with KLM and Delta,” Gaurang Shetty, Wholetime Director, Jet Airways said in a recently held press conference in Delhi. The major highlight of the Jet Airways’ decision to shift to a new hub in Europe is, in fact, rooted in its association with the two major global carriers which will enable it to serve its customers on its network connecting them with as many 41 destinations – 30 in Europe and 11 in the US. “Together with our joint venture partner Delta we will transfer passengers smoothly and swiftly between three continents and via KLM’s home base Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, thus expanding choice and connectivity for our customers.” Max Smits, General Manager, Indian Sub-Continent, KLM, commented.
From 27th of March, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on KLM’s flights from Amsterdam to 30 cities across Europe including key destinations such as: Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Madrid, Manchester, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vienna, and Zurich. Within the US market, Jet Airways will be providing easy connectivity from its Amsterdam hub to key destinations like Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Newark, Washington, San Francisco, etc. because of code share arrangement with KLM and Delta. “ We are switching over to a new hub because it provides more value proposition to us, our partners and our customers,” underlined Shetty.