Does anyone know how Singapore and Cathay decide which airlines from their groups fly to different cities in India?
Specifically, I was curious to find out why Singapore flies under its own name as well as sending Scoot and SilkAir to Bangalore, but only the two latter to Hyderabad.
Conversely, Cathay flies its parent brand to Hyderabad but Dragon to Bangalore.
This has nothing to do with any bilateral, does it?
Bilateral's encompass all the airlines equally (usually, politics aside) of the said country under the agreement, so no, nothing to do with that.
SQ and CX deploy their capacity between the parent and subsidiary depending on how they want to fragment the market. Since the two themselves are too premium , and exclusively fly widebodies, they use their subs.
Usually the biggest two metro's - BOM/DEL- get exclusively the main parent carriers. The other metro's get varied services since premium demand is there albeit smaller than the biggest two metro's along with lot of leisure/migrant/VFR/Student low fare paying pax, so it allows them to fragment those markets by using their subsidiaries.
So they don't have it fixed for the metros like BLR/CCU/MAA/HYD, and can send more than one of their airlines their, like SQ does.