Jazeera Airways to focus network on Indian subcontinent

    Jazeera Airways delayed a planned expansion into long haul operations to focus on extending its existing network to serve the Indian subcontinent (Live Mint, 10-Oct-2017). Jazeera, which has previously been limited to operations within the Middle East, will commence service to Hyderabad in India and Lahore in Pakistanin Oct-2017, before adding DelhiMumbai and Chennai by the end of 2017, according to Jazeera Airways chairman Marwan Boodai. On plans to commence inter-continental services, aided by an alliance with a major airline based in Europe or Asia. Mr Bodai said the plan remains “alive,” but not for 2017 after the carrier reset its priorities in light of surging short haul demand. “The opportunity for the Indian subcontinent was so overwhelming we had to redirect our resources to that”, he said.