Jet Airways (India) Ltd plans to open at least two additional international hubs besides Abu Dhabi, following Etihad Airways PJSC’s decision to acquire a 24 per cent stake in the former for USD 379 million. The Indian carrier is looking at Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris for this purpose, according to two people close to the development, P.R. Sanjai reported in Mint. Jet Airways currently uses Delhi and Mumbai as local hubs and Brussels as an international hub. Two more international hubs will help the airline offer its passengers more choices and competitive fares.
“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. Eithad Airways owns stock in Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and Air Berlin.