Air India cuts Frankfurt scissor hub from end of October
Air India’s scissor hub at Frankfurt, which allows connections between Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai, and Chicago O’Hare and Newark, is to close at the start of the winter season. The five daily departures generate almost 12,000 weekly departing seats at Frankfurt Airport, making Air India the second biggest non-German carrier at the airport after United Airlines. The only route that will survive is the daily non-stop flight between Delhi and Frankfurt.
anna.aero wonders what significance this move may have regarding the airline’s plans to join Star Alliance. The airline was invited to join the alliance over three years ago, but has still not done so. The provisional joining date now set for next March. Given that the non-state-owned Jet Airways has a similar scissor hub in Brussels (Brussels Airlines is also a Star Alliance member and now under Lufthansa control) and is currently not in any alliance, does this suggest that Air India still could be dumped in favour of Jet Airways?
In terms of customer service and reputation, Skytrax awards both Air India and Jet Airways a three-star rating. Jet Airways’ scissor hub at Brussels connects Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai with Newark, New York JFK and Toronto.