Jet flies 700,000 passengers on India-Belgium routes

October 3rd, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Oct 3 (IANS) From the time of the launch of its European hub at this Belgium capital in August 2007, India’s biggest private airliner Jet Airways flew 700,000 passengers to and from Brussels Airport, reports EuAsiaNews.On an annual basis and with its full programme, Jet Airways will bring one million passengers to and from Brussels, the report said, adding that 1,000 direct and 2,000 indirect jobs are estimated to have been created in the Belgian aviation sector on account of this.

“Already after one year, passenger results show the irrefutable success of this choice (to connect India with the US via Brussels),” Wilfried Van Assche, CEO of Brussels Airport, was quoted as saying at a press conference here Thursday.

“The number of travellers between Belgium and India, be it direct or indirect, has doubled since the arrival of Jet Airways,” he added.

The airline operates three flights to the US and Canada daily via Brussels from Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. It will add another direct flight to Brussels from Bangalore during its winter schedule later this month.

A year ago, Jet Airways, Brussels Airport and Belgium’s national carrier Brussels Airlines together created a European hub between India and North America.

One can now fly to India from any major city in Europe via Brussels. For Brussels Airlines, this means 6,000 extra passengers per month; at the moment, this figure is increasing by another 1,500 passengers per month, EuAsiaNews said.

This means that every day, 200 Jet Airways passengers take a connecting flight with Brussels Airlines.

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