bmi Presses for India Deregulation
bmi today reaffirmed its commitment to increase the frequency of its services to India as talks take place in Delhi between the UK and Indian Governments on opening up the air travel market between the two countries.
bmi is pressing the two governments to reach an open-skies agreement following the increase in frequencies granted between UK and India in September 2004. Specifically, bmi is seeking to increase its four times a week London Heathrow-Mumbai service to a daily service and the opportunity to serve other Indian destinations such as Bangalore and Chennai.
Following previous negotiations during 2004, bmi was granted permission to operate a four times-a-week service to Mumbai. bmi is launching its first ever long haul route from Heathrow on 14 May 2005 where it will bring its award winning product to this new and rapidly expanding market.
Nigel Turner, chief executive officer of bmi, said:
“The potential market in India is enormous with more businesses looking to invest and more tourists wanting to travel to the region. The demand is there and we want to be able to offer our award winning product to as much of this growing market as possible.
“The desire to increase our routes to India demonstrates our commitment to serving the Indian market. We hope that the talks taking place today will mean that we are able to build on our current frequency and route network.”