has confirmed that it is to cease operating
flights to the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) from 1 March 2009 onwards.
airline said that as a result of drastic
overcapacity between European airports and the city in southwestern India, the weakening Indian economy and the consequences of the crisis
in financial markets, it is no longer possible for it to operate this route profitably in the medium term.
The measure means that one more of
the airline’s total of six Boeing 767 aircraft will no longer be deployed on long-haul routes. The question of how to use the aircraft freed up by the
decision remains open at present.
This necessary capacity reduction on the Mumbai route can be compensated with minor medium-haul network adjustments, without any need
for further reductions in staff numbers. Services from London City Airport, Luxembourg and Riga, as well as the long-haul destination of
Chicago, have already been cancelled this year.
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