International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh, speaking at CAPA's World Aviation Summit in Amsterdam, stated (26/27-Nov-2013) India is British Airways' second-largest market with the first being the US. But Mr Walsh expects that China in due course will overtake India in BA's network.
India is second-largest market for British Airways but will be replaced by China
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