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BHX-INDIA Direct From November New Start Up Rumour  
User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2575 times:

speaking to my local travel agent, he informed me of a new airline starting up from birmingham to amritsar or delhi in november.
He mentioned it to be a possible charter flight, that it was a british company or at least uk based, would be once or twice per week, and that it was all ready to go, i.e. rights e.t.c all gained.

I am somewhat sceptical of new starters, especially after the controversy surrounding air slovakias uk-india route via slovakia, its advertisement campaign also seems to be somehwat missleading. (air slovakia due to fly from 29/6/03)

Ive searched on the net and have been unable to find any information.

Saint Augustine- 'The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only 1 page'
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User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

Oh no not another one! I really would ignore it as these new operators never seem to materialise!

User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

Asia Express? I beleive the rumors envolved a leased B763....

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

Does the current UK-India bi-lateral allow this?

User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2282 times:

Monarch and Air 2000 currently serve Goa, India on a charter basis. I'm sure I read once (in a Lonely Plannet guide I think) that passengers on a charter flight to India must travel as part of a package (i.e including accomodation), so I doubt they're planning charters!

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

"Does the current UK-India bi-lateral allow this?"

Isn't this immaterial?
You fly Emirates to Dubai and get on one of their daily flights to Birmingham or Manchester for less than what you pay to fly on AI or BA via London.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19399 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

Certainly interesting, even if it doesn't materialise.

I've been to Amritsar (home of Sikhism's fundamental Golden Temple), but I'm wondering whether there would be sufficent year-round demand to warrant a once- or twice-weekly non-stop service to BHX. Naturally, this service would be of great importance to Sikhs living in or originating from the UK, but not tourists. The current option of reaching Amristar from the UK is via DEL (from LHR) or via TAS (from BHX).

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineVs601 From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

The airline to be operating this is FLYJET. Based at Gatwick has taken delivery of its 1st B757-200.

Aviance will be the ground handling agents in the north terminal at LGW, from 1st Nov will be operating weekly charter service to Amritsa.

Source: LGW Skyport.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

As long as they run the flights exclusively as charters with no sales in India or to Indian nationals (sales to Non-Resident Indians are permitted only as package tours) then the bilateral permits them to operate.

The demand is definitely there, (AI used to operate ATQ-SVO-BHX with the 707s) but the viability of a weekly route with restricted sales potential is questionable.

User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

I thought that some of the BHX Turkmenistan services were direct to Amritsar, with a stop in Askhabad, but then the same aircraft continued onto Amritsar?

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