Why Is Air India Planning A Second Hub & How Will It Help?

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Why Is Air India Planning A Second Hub & How Will It Help?

Tata-owned Air India is currently planning to come up with a second hub in the country. This second hub is being planned at an airport in the southern region of India. Bengaluru and Hyderabad, both privately run airports with growth plans to accommodate an expanding airline, will be considered by the Air India group. Currently, New Delhi (DEL) serves as the principal hub for the Tata-owned airline. 

Air India Is Planning A Second Hub

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Air India wants to improve both its domestic and international operations by building a second hub in southern India. 

This new hub will largely concentrate on bolstering its activities in Mumbai (BOM), and is anticipated to be located in either Bengaluru (BLR) or Hyderabad (HYD). This hub will be used by Air India and Air India Express (IX) for both domestic and international flights.

For airlines, hubs are the central sites of transfer where passengers are transported to their final destinations. For instance, Cathay Pacific (CX) uses Hong Kong as its hub, whereas British Airways (BA) uses London. Emirates (EK) also uses Dubai as its hub.

In an endeavor to gain a larger market share, Air India hopes to establish this new hub in order to increase its presence in airports outside of New Delhi. (As per Aviation A2Z)

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Presence In The Low-Cost Market

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To enable seamless international connections via India to many global destinations, the government has been aggressively encouraging airlines to construct additional aviation hubs. This action is thought to be a way to encourage trade and investment within India. 

According to Mint, Air India is planning to use its subsidiary Air India Express to expand its flying services to Tier-II and Tier-III locations.

According to two executives familiar with the plans, Air India Ltd. is preparing to establish a second hub in a southern Indian airport as it seeks to improve both domestic and international operations and increase network utilization. 

Campbell Wilson, the airline’s chief executive, has disclosed plans to forge a significant presence in the low-cost market for domestic services.  (As per Live Mint)

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