Virgin Atlantic to make Mumbai return

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UK carrier Virgin Atlantic is re-instating London Heathrow-Mumbai flights this October, three and a half years after dropping the route because of overcapacity.

The airline will operate its service on a daily basis deploying Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the route.

Virgin originally began services to Mumbai in 2005 after winning long-sought Indian route rights. But it dropped the service in May 2009 citing too much capacity on the route from competitors. Air India, British Airways, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines all currently operate on the route, though struggling Kingfisher is in the process of "curtailing" overseas widebody flights which it says are bleeding heavily.

Virgin notes that since 2009 passenger numbers on the Mumbia-Heathrow have grown 9% to more than a million, making its Heathrow's 12th busiest route.