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Flydubai - Indian Operations Called Off For Now  
User currently offlineAviationbuff From India, joined Mar 2008, 1425 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

http://www.flydubai.com/whatsnew/operationalupdates.aspx

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

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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1672 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3383 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...


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19215 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3280 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.  Wink



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

What the truth......Is it operational reasons or political ones.
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineAustralis From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3187 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...


User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

Looks like they doubled out their frequency to BEY to 2 flights per day....Good news for BEY I guess!!!

User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2974 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2961 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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User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2648 times:



Quoting Ojas (Reply 6):
but I cannot understand the reasons for the Lucknow and Coimbatore operations which have been called off as well.

well if they need to change the IXC sched, then they may require to tweak the sched for lucknow and coimbatore and thats why they have called off all to rework the new scheds.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 6):
With whatever bilateral amendments with Flydubai, I Hope that there is no overlap of destinations by FZ and EK

Wit the current announcements it does not seem so. The other stations that FZ might explore maybe PNQ, GOI, JAI, NAG, CCU, ATQ (not sure, EK might want it going further since QR is at it)


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