It will, because the number of pax traveling on the sector is waaay higher than MAA-SFO. If you want to talk abt Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore O&D traffic then MAA is a clear winner. Not many ppl know what goes on at the back-end & thats where I try to post some stats/information about BLR.
Ofcourse 6E has some great plans for the next 12 months from the city. 6E's HKG route for example has been doing well, garnering around 85-95% loads in past 40 days wity msny connecting pax from MAA/COK/HYD/CJB/BOM among a few. some of the members here already know the 6E plans from the city
Remember when MAA guys used to say BLR will never overtake them in passenger traffic?? Well.... to be honest MAA is no more of any competition & HYD never was.
NRT-MAA & BLR-MAA talks have been going on for years but the main issue was not slot constraints but bilaterals. Similarly since AUS & India have open skies agreement (which was signed around 1 or 2 years back) airports like PER/SYD/MEL have initiated talks with BOM & BLR. They have not even considered HYD/MAA, not due to pax or anything... but mainly due to poor premium passengers from the city I was told(esp MAA). But obviously DEL & BOM are 1st priorities & then comes BLR.
Anyhow, it's great to see the Int'l pax growing at such a 18-20% YoY, Ofcourse BLR will not keep growing at 23% every month (intl pax). But its definitely good to see the growth in intl pax. Yes, AMS is lost, but BLR carries the max J pax from the south to the West & beyond. Hopefully AMS will comeback as KLM has recently opened their In-line maintaince centre at BLR airport airside which was used by 9W's AMS sector. Exciting part is the new runway, Terminal 2( & 3 in 2026 onwards) , massive infrastructure upgrades both landside & airside & in coming month there will be 17 new CODE C gates at the airport as airlines have been asking for it(overnight parking). As much as a person doesn't like to see BLR outtake HYD in almost every way, its just Onwarda and upwards.
I shall try to post some stats in the coming week if I can. Cheers!