Flydubai which was to begin its operations to India from Monday (July 13), has postponed the launch indefinitely due to operational issues and decided to refund flight tickets of passengers traveling to Lucknow, Coimbatore and Chandigarh.
Flydubai had plans to begin operations to India with flights to Lucknow on July 13, Coimbatore on July 14 and Chandigarh on July 23
All those who have booked tickets on the flights to India, will be contacted and given a full refund. The passengers may also be given a free return flight to India or anywhere on the Flydubai network and/or a voucher, valid for travel until the end of November 2009.
Recently it was reported that flydubai’s operations to Chandigarh is facing some glitch. Indian media reported that the Indian Air Force, which controls the Chandigarh airport, does not allow civilian planes to operate at Chandigarh after 10pm and Flydubai had expected its flights to the city to arrive there at around 11pm and take off again before midnight. Indian Air Force had refused permission to the carrier to operate late night flights. http://www.ameinfo.com/202761.html
Directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1746 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3622 times:
Sad that flydubai isn't launching on track. It's a shame because of all the hype this generated. Sounds like the airline should have taken care of any issues with the military base people before launching. I expect that they had to reschedule, and reshuffle everything because of this.
I wonder if they will make India happen before the end of 2009...
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19349 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3519 times:
Hmm. Seems rather odd to me.
Quoting Aviationbuff (Thread starter): Recently it was reported that flydubai’s operations to Chandigarh is facing some glitch. Indian media reported that the Indian Air Force, which controls the Chandigarh airport, does not allow civilian planes to operate at Chandigarh after 10pm and Flydubai had expected its flights to the city to arrive there at around 11pm and take off again before midnight.
Obviously FZ should have known this prior to starting!
I wonder what the real reasons are.
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Australis From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3426 times:
Well probably more to the story than meets the eyes...
One would have imagined that this curfew by the Indian military would have been known in advance prior to launching the route and nominated a start date??? Hopefully Fly Dubai can quickly resolve any issue and not postponed it for long...
Ojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 3031 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3200 times:
Basically when the round of bilaterals with the Indian as well as Pakistani govt. involves under table payments and all such sorts. Typically this is an example of a failed negotiation thats all.
We know the reason for Chandigarh, but I cannot understand the reasons for the Lucknow and Coimbatore operations which have been called off as well.
Apparently, the new govt. now is seeing that the losses incurred to Indian carriers are because of the carriers who are just adding flights to India left right and center and poaching their market share. Here the Indian govt. is to be blamed as well for keeping the gulf routes to AI/IX to themselves.
The govt. was liberal in the past 4 years and provided surplus capacity to EK and in a way maybe Air Arabia (99 weekly flights to SHJ). But EK is destroying not only the India - DXB market but also the India - Europe/USA market by offering dirt cheap fares.
With whatever bilateral amendments with Flydubai, I Hope that there is no overlap of destinations by FZ and EK and I hope the Indian govt. just asks them to split the existing capacity. For example they have 3 daily to HYD, FZ can just split the capacity with EK.
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