According to Indian media reports (both TOI and ET
), NWA got cold feet at the last minute due to "overcapacity" in the BLR market this winter. I wish their planners had done a decent job of forecasting (I'm sure they knew of the other services starting to BLR, especially that of their skyteam partner AF
) the loads on the flights, rather than go through this farce of announcing and then withdrawing on the last day. The reports state that the flight is postponed to next year. I don't know why they're afraid of loads ex-BLR, I'm reasonably certain BLR will be able to support the daily flights of LH
/BA/AF/NW - any route will typically take a few months to stabilize!
Anyway - the only saving grace (if any) is that folks still have the options of AF
to fly one stop to the US. Besides NW
, I'm sure the good folks running the HAL airport must be breathing a sigh of relief - the thought of 4 heavies every night must have caused a lot of headache!
Interestingly enough, BA
had started advertizing their services for the past month in the local press, and via outdoor hoardings. AF
started advertizing about 2 weeks ago. NWA had yet to launch a single advertisement (or I missed any that they launched).