New Delhi: Debt-laden Airlines Air India discontinuing the direct flight service between Mumbai and New York route due to poor demand.
Air India officials told Hindustan Times that the direct flight operation between Mumbai and New York were causing losses to the airline. However, the national carrier will continue flights from Mumbai to Newark.
An Air India spokesperson told that the carrier operated Mumbai-New York direct flights thrice a week. The operations were temporarily suspended in February when Pakistan closed its airspace for Indian flights. The operations were expected to resume in June but, the company has now decided to discontinue the service.
The spokesperson further added that, "However, we won't be resuming the services. The flight has been discontinued owing to poor loan factor or low seat occupancy."
It may be noted that direct flights between Mumbai and New York were started by the airline in December last year. The officials further informed that the carrier has not included the Mumbai-New York flight in their winter schedule which starts from the third week of October.
As per report, the other flights from the US to Delhi have also been seeing 80% seat occupancy in recent times. The carrier currently operates flights to Newark, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco and New York from Delhi.