British Airways has today announced that it will be offering daily flights between London & Hyderabad from 27th October.
Currently, British Airways operates 6 weekly flights between Heathrow Terminal 5 and Hyderabad so the additional service will allow it offer an entirely seamless to its customers. Flights are operated by 777-200s with a 3 cabin layout split between World Traveller, World Traveller Plus & Club World.
Commenting on the news, Christopher Fordyce, British Airways Regional Commercial Manager for South Asia stated: ”For British Airways, Hyderabad is truly a key market in our South Asian network. We have witnessed tremendous growth in the market since 2008, resulting in concerted growth in the outbound business and leisure tourism. Our customers from Hyderabad will now be able to enjoy daily service to the UK whilst enjoying British Airways’ unmatched inflight services and flying experience.”
In addition to Hyderabad, British Airways also flies to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai & Bangalore. Indeed the Indian market is now the second largest for British Airways, after the US, and still growing. There has been some talk, although not really from the airline, that British Airways would re-introduce flights to Calcutta although this seems unlikely.
Earlier in the year there was also talk of British Airways joining up with a local Indian airline (IndiGo was mentioned) to provide local connections although nothing further has been said about this. Most likely, with the losses sustained by the Indian airline market in general, British Airways has decided that an arms-length approach is called for.