Im happy to say that in May 2004, I wrote a very long 6 page "suggestions" email to GF
concerning their future plans and what new destinations they should fly to and why they should and Im happy to note that AMD and ATQ was part of my suggestions...below is the copy-pasted part of that email
Ahmedabad (AMD) is a city in India that is starved for international flights to the Middle East and UK-USA-Canada mainly. GF
has the narrow body fleet to serve this city nonstop from AUH or BAH
at least 3 times a week in order to cater for the large and financially very well off Gujarati Non Resident Indian community based in the Middle East, UK, USA and Canada.
AMD should be initially served 3 times a week nonstop from Abu Dhabi or Bahrain using A 320s and it should ensure that the flights easily connect both ways to Dubai, Kuwait, London, USA, Paris and Frankfurt bound flights. After the route has grown in stature, demand and profitability, service should be upgraded to 4 or 5 weekly A 320s nonstop from AUH or BAH
. No Middle East airline serves AMD so this is a golden opportunity for GF
to make hay on this route whilst the sun is still shining as there is also a considerable Gujrati NRI community in the Gulf.
Amritsar is another city in India that is starved for flights to the Middle East, UK, USA and Canada. GF
should seriously consider flying to this Sikh holy city initially 3 times a week using Airbus A 320s only. There is a lot of traffic from NYC-YYZ
that is bound for Amritsar, so with no Arab airline flying to this city, GF
can take advantage of this by marketing itself to be the first Middle Eastern / Western airline to serve both Ahmedabad and Amritsar. Also one must note that ATQ bound pax do not appreciate landing in DEL and then driving to ATQ which is very long!!! There is a sizeable Sikh NRI community in the Gulf especially in the UAE which GF
can tap into.
Flights to Amritsar should be 3 times a week nonstop and based upon demand and yield, should increase to 4-5 weekly A 320s within one-two year’s time.