British Airways is considering flights from London to Indianapolis.
Can Indianapolis connect to London non-stop next summer? British Airways has announced its intentions, even though the situation is more complex and far from safe. Elsewhere, modern slot filing suggests that Pittsburgh, Portland, Calgary, and Kuala Lumpur may be reintroduced.
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British Airways applied for Heathrow Indianapolis operations next summer. This was revealed in the initial adjustment report by Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) in the summer of 2022. ACL is an organization that allocates slots to airports. It seems that
BA has requested the operation of the service once a day to Indianapolis. The airline had two historic slots assigned to the route, but of course the additional five new slot pairs requested were not approved. If that continues, it will use the 214-seat B7878, a low-premium aircraft of choice to open narrower long-haul routes.
This is a screenshot of the first adjustment report. ATM = air traffic movement, d. NS. Takeoff and landing. Dividing 124 by the number of summer weeks and two directions is equivalent to a trip twice a week. Image: ACL. There is no certainty that the
BA will create Indianapolis. Why does it have to be twice a week? Even Delta's Indianapolis Paris service was once a day for at least three weeks.
In addition, the BA can use two historic slots for other routes, such as the United States, another long-haul destination, or another leisure route in Europe. Or, like the many slots that Wizz Air received at Gatwick Airport in the summer of 2021, it's unlikely they couldn't use them. Judge
isn't sure if Indianapolis will start next summer, but based on the numbers, it could happen at some point. In 2019, Indianapolis London had 35,000 point-to-point (P2P) round-trip passengers. London is the largest P2P market, with 210,000 people across Europe. Delta Air Lines, the
SkyTeam airline, launched the Indianapolis Paris Paris CDG on the B767300ER in May 2018, but Paris has a lower P2P market than London, but has direct flights to France. The pandemic was suspended in March 2020, meaning it could not be booked in 2022. According to T100 data, Delta carried 86,478 passengers in 2019 with a seat load factor of 75.3%.
But it's not just traffic. In 2019, Indianapolis Heathrow's average one-way fare was $ 773, significantly higher than the CDG, excluding fuel surcharges and taxes, booking data show. With London's ability to meet a wide range of European demands, supported by financial grants from Indianapolis, direct flights to the British capital look very interesting. Delta's service from Indianapolis to Paris CDG began on May 24, 2018, with up to one service per day. Not surprisingly, CDG carries a large number of passengers to Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and more in Air France, a member of SkyTeam. Photo: Indianapolis International Airport.
News about other destinations According to the
Initial Adjustment Report, Pittsburgh, Portland, Calgary and Kuala Lumpur may also be available next year. But like Indianapolis, destinations can change, so don't read too much now.
When Pittsburgh and Portland reopen, Portland will have five weeks and Pittsburgh will have four weeks, both of which seem to use the B7878. Earlier this year, the CEO of Allegheny County Airport Authority said he expected the subsidized Pittsburgh-Heathrow service to resume in the spring of 2022, two years after it was discontinued.
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