Northwest Airlines has announced the suspension of its Seattle-Amsterdam-Bangalore route, before one flight had taken off.
The airline cited rising fuel costs as the main reason behind the decision to cancel the daily service that was set to start on October 30.
In a statement Northwest said: “As a result of Northwest Airline’s recent decision to reduce its level of flying as well as the impact of near-record level fuel costs, the airline has decided to suspend indefinitely the start of its Seattle-Amsterdam- Bangalore service.”
Northwest is currently in serious financial trouble and, to make matters worse, its mechanics are on strike. Last week it reported a loss of $475 million for the third quarter. As a result it has cut a number of its flights, particularly longer-haul destinations.
Another reason for the suspension of the route could be the recent turmoil in India, as last week the country was rocked by a deadly bomb and train accident.