I think part of it is also that some routes need to be nurtured a bit before they yield the profit.
However, I would think a route like DEL-DAC would have been a daily by now (at one time, TG
used to have 4x A300, then a BA
2x B747 -- but now only Biman flies the route with A310 2x weekly.
Also, I would think a B737 / A320 route like DAC-DEL-ISB would do well, maybe 2-3 weekly frequencies. They could call it the "Diplomat" route.
I agree that on some routes, flights seem to be super saturated. CMB-MAA, CMB-MLE, DEL-KTM
come to mind. Hey, then again, SriLankan seems to be doing well on the route. Having said that, I am all for competition and am happy that at least on some routes, travelers really do have a good range of choices.
I still find it incredible that to fly between DAC and CMB, the easiest routes are through BKK
. Up until recently, DAC to KHI was easier to go via DXB
. Because there are so few flights between DAC and BOM, some days it's easier to go through DXB
or AUH. There are no direct flights between Southern India and Pakistan and Bangladesh. There are no direct flights between LHE and BOM, or ISB to any city in South Asia other than Pakistan. It amazes me that there are usually more seats from most points in South Asia to points in other regions than to a neighboring country.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, a lot of this can be blamed on the governments of South Asia. Here we are giving lip service about "regional cooperation" but most South Asians cannot even travel from one country to another without a trying visa process. The whole idea of regional unity is the free flow of people, ideas, capital. Unfortunately the region has such history of utter animosity that even this basic issue cannot be resolved.
Anyway, I better stop, or this will be the longest post ever on a.net.
Wasim / Planemannyc