PLANS FOR JET AIR­WAYS HUB AT BEN­GALURU

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In­dia’s largest pri­vate full-ser­vice car­rier Jet Air­ways has re­vealed its in­ten­tion to make Ben­galuru its third hub in the coun­try, af­ter Mum­bai and Delhi, in a bid to make the most of the bur­geon­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties here. While the air­line has not yet an­nounced the ex­act time­line for this plan, it has re­posed more faith in the Ben­galuru air­line mar­ket.

“Ben­galuru’s rise as a prom­i­nent global in­vest­ment desti­na­tion, apart from its large young work­ing pop­u­la­tion, has re­sulted in sig­nif­i­cant growth in avi­a­tion traf­fic, both in­bound and out­bound, do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional. To­day, the city houses In­dia’s third busiest air­port, which hope­fully, will rise to at least the se­cond po­si­tion in fu­ture,” Jet Air­ways Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mer­cial, In­dia Sales, Praveen Iyer said that with this view, the air­line in­tends to make its pres­ence felt here and to turn it into a hub some­time in the months to come. Air­line hubs or hub air­ports are used by an air­line to con­cen­trate pas­sen­ger traf­fic and flight op­er­a­tions at that given air­port, which in turn, serves as trans­fer or stop-over points to get pas­sen­gers to their fi­nal desti­na­tion. “The ra­tio of traf­fic to pop­u­la­tion in Ben­galuru stands at a ro­bust 1.6. Ben­galuru has a pop­u­la­tion of 12 mil­lion, record­ing an­nual air traf­fic of 19 mil­lion and this is con­tin­u­ously grow­ing,” he said. The Ben­galuru mar­ket, which is grow­ing at 30 per cent year-on-year, has the abil­ity to take on more de­par­tures, con­sid­er­ing that the other met­ros are largely

sat­u­rated. Also, it pro­vides a gate­way to re­gional points, apart from links to met­ros and Tier-II cities.

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