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Jet makes Brussels a gateway to Asia

07/09/2009 11:23

For two-and-a-half hours every morning, the Belgian airport of Zaventem turns Indian, signalled in part by a serious spike in the whisky sales of the duty-free shops.


Between 8:00 am and 10:30 am, India’s Jet Airways dominates the airport’s runways with three flights from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and another three from New York (JFK and Newark) and Toronto converging in Brussels before flying off in opposite directions again. Up to 2,640 passengers per day are transported between North America and India in this manner, the result of Jet Airways’ bold decision to create a hub outside of its home market.
Hubbing abroad is rare, explains Stefan Hollands, Jet Airways’ General Manager for the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) region. To begin with, most airports are inclined to protect their domestic carriers and are thus unwilling to welcome foreign airlines. For example, Munich would probably prefer not to facilitate the creation of a rival to Lufthansa.


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