When did 9W launch Guwahati- Dehradun ? I can't remember seeing any launch article on that. Or is that a temporary route operated?
Never knew about it!! Its 9W 675, 3 hour long and fares for even 18th Feb are only Rs 3.5k. A pretty stupid route from their side considering they recently closed DEL-IXE, which is of similar duration and average fares were always close to Rs 8k
All domestic routes in India aren't created equal.
The MoCA's Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDG) splits them into CAT I, CAT II and CAT IIA. The RDG mandates 10% and 1 % of ASKMs of Category I routes to be deployed on Category II and IIA routes respectively by every private airline.The 2016 National Civil Aviation Policy modified the RDG to include all airports in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh as part of Category II.
This not only makes all flights to Dehradun qualify as an RDG Category II Routes, but also means that GAU-DED is now effectively a CAT IIA route!
Meaning that, instead of STUPIDLY
burning fuel flying Boeings/ATRs on multiple super-short, poor yielding intra-Northeast routes in a bid to rack up CAT IIA ASKMs, it makes sense for 9W to rack up the same number of ASKMs by flying a single, long route like GAU-DED!
9W should have pulled out of several North East stations long ago, but they were kept running purely to fulfil the CAT II A requirements.
The route is certainly not stupid. The government's method of ensuring "connectivity" in the NE at the expense of airlines is stupid. They should junk the RDG system and focus on their RCS viability gap funding system instead which is a much better method to ensure air service to distant communities.