|Quoting lightsaber (Reply 2):|
IMHO a wise strategy. Hubs are going to thrive on the connections where there is demand, but not enough demand to hub-bypass.
Exactly. And that's exactly where TK
may succeed (long-term) as opposed to EK
/EY thrive on connections to India/China, which will over the years have more nonstops to Europe, Africa, North America etc. TK
however is relying on markets like Baku, Sofia and Aleppo which are far too small to ever (realistically) sustain nonstop service to North America, for example. The time may come, however, for a citypair like BLR
to have viable nonstop service.
Unlikely. SSH is a primarily leisure-driven holiday market that is the domain of cheap pre-sold-by-the-bulk charter-type airlines. However, growth in Egypt has been exponential in recent years. TK
/MS now have 4 daily flights between them on CAI-IST
when perhaps both sides didn't fly that route daily a few years ago. I think TK
might add LXR soon though. Turkish investors have been increasing their presence in Egypt twofold and eventually the number of economic interests all over Egypt will warrant more flights. Just a few days ago Erdogan visit Cairo with no less than 200 hundred Turkish businessmen in tow.