According to news reports, Jet Airways is exploring plans to open at least two additional international hubs besides Abu Dhabi, following Etihad Airways PJSC’s decision to acquire a 24% stake in the former for $379 million.
It is looking at Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris for this purpose, according to two people close to the development.
Jet Airways currently uses Delhi and Mumbai as local hubs and Brussels as an international hub. Two more international hubs will help Jet Airways offer its passengers more choices and competitive fares.
The report stated that India allowed foreign airlines to invest in local ones in September, setting the stage for Jet Airways to sell a 24% stake to Etihad.
Jet Airways plans to move at least one-third of its international operations through Abu Dhabi after it concluded the transaction with Etihad. In fact, it has already started connecting Kuwait from Kochi via Abu Dhabi.
“It makes sense for Jet Airways to open more international hubs, considering Eithad Airways has got a wide network and equity investments in other airlines. Jet Airways will not be closing the current hub in Brussels, though it may scale down a bit,” said one of the people cited earlier.
He added that through Etihad Airways and its associate airlines, Jet Airways can offer fliers more options with one stop at any of these hubs.