Air India is in talks with Dublin Airport with a view to making the recently-opened Terminal 2 its new transatlantic hub. After withdrawing from its former base at Frankfurt due to lack of capacity and high costs, the company considered seven European airports, with Dublin and Birmingham believed to be the final two in the running.

Although Birmingham's substantial Indian community and large population base could win it the contract, with landing charges at Dublin are among the lowest in Europe, and sources suggest that the Dublin Airport Authority (DDA) has made a