aarbee wrote:If the have better transit experience, flights are at decent timings, go for it. I will be more than happy to reach my home at a decent time then what current ME flights deliver me.
When I fly for my employer, I charge for travel time. So my employer values my time at the fully loaded cost of employing me. About 5x what I take home. Then I am quite the premium passenger.
When on my own, I have too little vacation time. I avoid connections like the plague and switch airlines for the easiest, in particular when traveling with kids.
If the BOM (or other airport) connection isn't something you would do with two under age ten, but walking, children that you are the only responsible adult, forget it. For if those kids get hingry, can't get to a restroom, or have to wait in a line while tired, no premium passenger will tolerate that. All passengers inherently gravitate to the easiest trip.
That said, the ME3 have connections down. In particular for J or F customers. If the experience isn't better, no business will be lost.
I have enough friends who regularly travel to India. No one brags about connecting in Dubai anymore, but I do get the earful on other connections. Business travelers are harried. Make their lives easy.
Do a US style which is grab bag, go through customs, drop off bag and walk into a special (often quick) line to get back to the terminal. But do it better. US connections are down as passengers will not tolerate the hassles non-US/EU citizens must go through. Since the ME3 are so much better than US connections, India must become better still due to the competition.
Efficiency is relative. The US has a somewhat captured market. India does not. If India fails to become competitive in internally to international connections, there will be more abrupt failures a la Jet.
"Soak the rich." Now do it so they gladly hand over the credit card. But those Y passengers become the rich (sometimes). So respect their time too as the ME3 have.
We all sit down at a computer and compare different options before a trip. Make it so someone who has no reason to pick your favorite airline does:
The ME3, in particular EK, nailed 1 through 3, although are slipping on 2 (terminal crowding) and schedule (delays), so they get more of 4.
Seriously, the ME3 are vulnerable now. I'm shocked how India isn't taking advantage:
1. EK has maxed out DXB
2. EY is an investment basket case and is shrinking.
3. QR hampered by Saudi/UAE row.
Only the new Istanbul airport and ADD are ready.. huh. Opportunity.