I always thought, how wonderful it would be if one of the Middle eastern flights of BA
,KLM or LH
could be extended to TRV and COK. eg. BA
-TRV or LH
-AUH-TRV etc. I know there are a lot of obstacles/barriers for this. Could somebody tell me why such a route is "impossible"?
It isnt too impossible- esp the KLM route you suggested. KLM wouldnt mind , atleast the way they promote the route currently by having deals with AI
to feed their AUH flights. But for AMS
-AUH-TRV to be economically viable, they need fifth freedom traffic for AUH-TRV, which will also mean that the UAE government have to be amenable. I wont say this is impossible - TG
for eg got fifth freedom MAA- DXB
when they started to BKK
( and taking away a large share of traffic - no comments on yield!), so if the political will is there, it can fructify. But then AI
wont be pleased, neither will GF
so in reality it is unlikely to happen.
- TRV - This is the least likely route. Since BA
I expect is not having any problems filling up their aircraft from DXB
-MCT- COK- Why not? Esp with an AI
code share - AI
now appear to be the best of friends and from the revised bilateral, COK as I understand is already a designated point. Now only if the Oman goverrnment obliges and gives fifth freedom!
As far as the passengers are concerned - they wont care less. The cheaper fare u get , the better! Among Keralites favorite airlines at one time were ZAS of Egypt, Balkan Bulgarian, Air Maldives, not to speak of PIA! Is it no wonder that one of GF
Traveller's first routes was AUH_TRV and AI
EXPRESS will first start from TRV/COK and CCJ.