While it is true that Emirates opted for Cochin, it could also have been influenced by the fact that at the time of entry there was very little competition there while TRV which had been having "international" status for a long time already had WY,GF,QR , KU not to speak of EK partner UL all well entrenched.
commenced ops to COK, WY
and a few others besides AI
(with an ops about thrice as large as TRV) and IC
, were already there with international flights. EK
’s delay in coming to COK was due to the fact that they had wanted 1500 seats at least per week (or daily flights) in each direction which was not granted to them. What was given was 600 or 700 seats initially which only allowed them to come 3/7. After much haranguing they accepted the same. I can assure you that most of the Gulf carriers had COK on their business plans as their next big destination in Kerala for long and as long as the international airport was not fully operational. If you see the representations made by the various Non-resident Keralites Associations in UAE, KWI and other Gulf states to the national carriers of these countries you will see the amount of pressure they put on them to commence services out of COK. So there is hardly any justification that EK
was scared off by competition into operating out of TRV which I maintain has its limitations due to its geographical location.
Also another interesting point to note is that not a single international carrier has actually reduced operations in TRV even after the opening up of COK and even CCJ (to UL atleast). UL,QR, GF are all daily operations from there year around. UL is now set to go up to 9 a week with one flight using a 340.
Well they haven’t but lets wait and watch
. Seriously, TRV will see the brakes applied to its growth thanks to the development at COK and CCJ. TRV’s redemption could come from charter carriers who could opt for TRV as their point of choice in Kerala.
One reason why the overalll figures of COK will always be much better than TRV is due to the fact that there is a well established DOMESTIC traffic segment in place. Jet Airways alone has 6 flights to BOM/MAA/BLR not to speak of Indian Airlines and Sahara flights. Compare this with TRV which has just one flight of Jet and 3 Indian Airlines domestic flights.
Again for the same reasons that I have stated in my earlier post. To add to it, TRV is a typical capital city with its bureaucratic stiffness and barely any corporates or industries to talk of (despite the Corporate Park and a few such others). COK, on the other hand is the acknowledged commercial capital of Kerala. Even Kerala’s sparsely developed industries and most PSUs have their offices in the COK area (besides the port), thus making it the hub of choice for domestic carriers. In fact when the old airport was still open to commercial traffic, COK was the only city which had a Port, an Airport and a Railway facility all in a four sq. mile area. If it had not been for limits to its expansion, COK’s old airport is far better located at the heart of the city than the present one at Nedumbassery with its limited surface transport connectivity to the city centre.
And it will be even more interesting when CCJ (as will happen sooner than latter) is opened up to the middle east bunch of airlines. My guess is COK traffic may take a dip.
CCJ essentially serves a very select traffic segment – the labour traffic from the Kozhikode belt and those having folks settled in Gulf countries – a predominantly Muslim population. So even if international carriers decide to expand into CCJ, it is unlikely they will do so at the cost of reducing COK whose traffic mix is far better and includes significant numbers of better yield passengers to Europe and USA as well. UL
’s expansion in CCJ is primarily because they are targeting the labour janta on their services via CMB to the Gulf with little or no traffic to any other point in Europe or Far East.
is the parallel runway at del suitable for larger a/c. I have not seen an a/c larger than 320 land on that stretch. its used more frequently by the domestic a/cs to taxi back to the parking bays.
First of all, DEL does not have parallel runways. The main runway is 10/28 while the secondary runway is 09/27. The main runway is closed daily between 1400 – 1600hrs for maintenance during which all operations are carried out on the secondary runway which can of course take all airplane types.
So DEL could be the 1st Indian a/p able to handle a 380?? (Theoretically, we know that the babus probably don't even know about the latter's existence)
No Indian Airport is equipped to handle airplanes with a wingspan exceeding 65 m (212 ft. i.e a B744’s wingspan). The A380 at 261ft definitely cannot be accommodated unless drastic changes are made. As per one very senior AAI official, this is not expected in the next five years.
not too sure if any airline plans to bring 380 to Del, but yes, AAI has already put in a team to submit a report on the changes required at BOM to handle a 380. This woud require a double decked jetway for a start and many many more immigration counters. This was qouted in the TOI by an Emirates source, that if a 380 and 747 land together a whopping 1000 pax would be queueing up for clearance........
As for the A380, where do you think EK
is planning to fill in their 43 380s from? - the Indian Subcontinent of course. LH
is on record stating that India is one of the potential markets for their A380s. God bless them all unless AAI does something – FAST!!!
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