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Jet Airways makes Amsterdam its European gateway

With effect from March 27, 2016, Jet Airways will stop offering its flights to Newark via Brussels.

With effect from March 27, 2016, Jet Airways will stop offering its flights to Newark via Brussels.  

Jet Airways has decided to stop operating flights to the U.S. from March 27, 2016 onwards by reworking its flight schedule. The airline, India’s second largest airline after Air India, had started flying to the U.S. namely to New York and Newark airports in 2007. 

The airline on Monday announced the introduction of daily non-stop services between India and Amsterdam, its new European gateway as it has finalised plans to shut down its European hub at Brussels towards end of March 2016. The Brussels hub was opened in 2007 and Jet Airways was operating multiple flights to this destination from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru at some point.   

With effect from March 27, 2016, Jet Airways will stop offering its flights to Newark via Brussels. Neither Newark will be connected by Jet Airways through Amsterdam. A senor Jet Airways official confirmed the pull out from Brussels and the U.S. markets. 

The airline had pulled out of the New York station in 2012. However, it will operate its flight to Toronto. Jet Airways which is now feeding passenger traffic to Etihad Airways through its hub in Abu Dhabi is curtailing long haul flight to cut down losses. Etihad Airways owns 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways.   

Jet Airways said it will operate two daily non-stop flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one each from its home hubs in Mumbai and New Delhi. It will also operate a daily flight from Toronto to Amsterdam to provide connectivity to passengers from Mumbai and Delhi. 

“Schedules of all three flights have been planned to allow quick and convenient connections between India and Toronto over Amsterdam. These flights will be available for sale across all booking channels from December 15, 2015,” the airline said. 

To providing convenient connections for passengers to destinations in Europe and North America over Amsterdam, Jet Airways has entered into a strategic agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines. 

Under this agreement and subject to government and regulatory approvals, Jet Airways will codeshare to 30 European destinations for travel between India and Europe via Amsterdam.  

Key destinations include Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Munich, Madrid, Geneva and Vienna operated by KLM. Jet Airways will also codeshare with KLM and Delta on 11 destinations between India and the United States and Canada including New York JFK, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Montreal. 

Cramer Ball, CEO, Jet Airways , said, “With Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as the new European gateway, we will be able to provide our guests with one stop access to a wider array  of destinations across Europe and North America together with our partners KLM and Delta.” 

“This is a significant step for Jet Airways and demonstrates our continuous endeavour to provide greater choice and better connections for our guests,” he said. “Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s position as one of the largest gateways in Europe with seamless connectivity to sea, rail and road transportation provides greater options for our customers,” he added.  

Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 34 seats in Premiere and 259 seats in Economy class will be deployed on these routes. Jet Airways said it will continue to operate flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Newark and Toronto to Brussels as per current schedule till March 26, 2016.

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