With ONLY AI as a FSC in India and the airline only sticking to DEL as its hub, no wonder no other city csn become a hub with 6E,G8,SG as LCC carriers. Obviously LCC carriers will take away the slots at airports like BLR if AI or zombie carrier like 9W dont use slots at say ex BLR. An airport like BLR cannot keep waiting for AI to start new flights and conc only on DEL.
If only India had strong FSC carriers, we would have atleast another 1 or 2 hubs other than DEL & maybe BOM(9W). Atleast its not like HYD where theres hardly any int'l growth in past year. BLR becoming a 6E fortress is a great development (esp after the TK-6E codeshare) where the city can expect some very new interesting international routes.
I am hopeful that UK will add new flights in coming 12 months! Thankfully the airport gets fantastic loads on the EU & SEAsian sector & not just the Gelf sector, so that is all good. As an example Gulf Air gets the highest cargo revenue from the whole country, right here in BLR. There r several such examples/stats + 78% of pax traffic at BLR is business oriented traffic.
Yes unfortunately the likes of AI is not concentrating on BLR/HYD/MAA & its entirely on the loss of AI & not BLR/HYD/MAA etc. 9W was doing well on the AMS sector too. Well All we can do is hope that AI starts new flights from the city, the airport has been having talks with AI for YEARS to begin many international sectors but they refuse not on basis of the route economics but just because they want to start thr flight via its hub in DEL, so obviously not many prefer to fly via Indian "hubs" like BOM/DEL.
Anyway, lets hope for the best!