Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jet Airways moves European Hub to Amsterdam in Summer 2016

by Soumen Mukherjee
Jet Airways, India's largest full-service carrier by market share, is making major restructuring in its European/North American long-haul network in upcoming summer season effective from 27 March 2016. At present it flies to 2 destinations in North America from India via its European scissor hub, Mumbai to Newark and Delhi to Toronto both via Brussels. On 14 December 2015 the airline has announced it would open a new destination in Europe, Amsterdam in summer 2016 and switch its European hub from Brussels to Amsterdam. With this Jet Airways will cease all its flight to Brussels. The airline is also pulling out from Newark, the last US gateway. With the changes made in Jet Airways's network effective from 27 March 2016, Delhi Airport will lose its only flight to Brussels while it will have double daily flight to Amsterdam (KLM and Jet Airways) and Mumbai Airport will get its Amsterdam flight back after a year. Earlier Delta had withdrawn its Amsterdam-Mumbai flight on 28 March 2015. Here is the schedule of Jet Airways's new flights, booking of which has been opened on 15 December 2015. 

Route
Flight No
Departure
Arrival
Effective
DEL-AMS
9W 234
02:35
08:00
Daily from 27 March 2016
AMS-DEL
9W 233
11:40
23:20
Daily from 27 March 2016
YYZ-AMS
9W 233
11:20
13:40
Daily from 26 March 2016
AMS-YYZ
9W 234
19:50
09:15+1
Daily from 27 March 2016
BOM-AMS
9W 232
02:25
08:15
Daily from 27 March 2016
AMS-BOM
9W 231
11:20
23:55
Daily from 27 March 2016

While currently the Brussels flights are operated by a combination of Airbus A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft, all the new flights to Amsterdam will be operated by the 2-class Airbus A330-300 with 34 business-class seats and 259 economy-class seats. With Newark flight being dropped the aircraft on BOM-AMS route will have same day return to Mumbai. Therefor the new schedule will free up1 of the 4 Airbus A330-300 aircraft in Jet Airways fleet. And it will be interesting to see whether the airline deploys the aircraft on a new route or lease it to Etihad which has 24% stake in Jet Airways. It is believed that Jet Airways is dropping Newark, the last US gateway, from its network in favor of Etihad's non-stop flights to North America from Abu Dhabi. Etihad serves 6 destinations in US. 

Jet Airways had launched Brussels as its scissor hub back in 2007. And it used to serve direct flights to Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Newark, New York-JFK and Toronto-Pearson at its peak. But following economic slowdown it had to withdraw Chennai and New York flights in 2012. Shifting base from Brussels to Amsterdam makes sense and it was long expected as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the 5th busiest airports in Europe with 54.9 million annual traffic in 2014 while Brussels Airport ranks at 23 with 21.9 million annual traffic in 2014. Moreover Amsterdam is better connected to other European destinations with strong hub-carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta on trans-Atlantic flights. Even in terms of India-Europe O&D passenger traffic also Amsterdam stands much ahead of Brussels. As per international city-pair passengers data for Q2 and Q3 2015 released by DGCA. The Delhi-Amsterdam passenger traffic is almost double of in size of Delhi-Brussels traffic.


Period
DEL-AMS
AMS-DEL
Total
Q2 2015
20,711
17,994
38,705
Q3 2015
14,505
13,576
28,081
Total passengers in Q2 + Q3 2015
66,786

Period
DEL-BRU
BRU-DEL
Total
Q2 2015
10,781
7,579
18,360
Q3 2015
10,290
9,369
19,659
Total passengers in Q2 + Q3 2015
38,019

With shifting its European scissor hub to Amsterdam, Jet Airways will enhance its partnership with SkyTeam members KLM and Delta based in Amsterdam. Jet already has code-share partnership with several SkyTeam members including KLM and it will start code-sharing on its new routes with Delta and KLM from 27 March 2016. This strategic partnership with KLM/Delta will allow Jet Airways to code-share on 11 destinations in North America and 30 destinations across Europe from Amsterdam in the coming months. At present it code-share on its Brussels flights with Brussels Airline, a Star Alliance member but the scope is limited given the relatively small size of the airline. Etihad too has good commercial relation with Air France-KLM group. Therefore the move may lead to Jet Airways inching close to full-membership of SkyTeam in next couple of months.

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