Simple. They support Pakistan’s position over India’s as it relates to Kash, and then they ask for like 10 additional daily frequencies . They just don’t know how to play this politically even though the writing is on the wall. Their best chance is to have asked for an additional frequency to Amritsar alone which is the aviation minister’s constituency and obtained local business and religious support for the flight which would give the minister enough political cover to provide the right to that 1x daily flight without stirring a hornet’s nest. But, the dummies, instead, ask for the moon. too bad they don’t have formal courses on effective lobbying in India.
I know business is business but is Indigo living with their head in the sand. Have they not seen what is going on in the country right now and the stance that Turkey took (and seriously turkey took a stronger stance against indian then even China). Find another partner Indigo. Btw even if Turkey hadn’t taken that stance, increasing the bilateral so that Indigo can run narrow bodies between India and TK while TK runs 777 is just plane dumb. The fact that Indigo’s planes cant even make the trip with all the luggage when there are winds shows their strategy won’t work int he long term. Say 20 people’s bags are left every flight, that is a lot of angry pax, Who would take that flight.)
I’ve said this before but at the risk of belabouring the point, I’ll say it again. In the 21st-century, trade trumps rhetoric. Witness the India-China trade and rhetoric relationship - USD 100 billion annually, and growing.
In 2018, India’s exports to Turkey were USD 7 billion while Turkey’s exports to India were USD 750 million. In 2019, India’s number is supposed to go up to USD 8 billion while Turkey’s export figure would be about 1 billion. With the trade imbalance in India‘s favour to the tune of USD 7 billion, the Indian government would be foolish to choke off the export pipeline for the sake of a few landing slots. As a rhetoric comparison, Pakistan exported USD 300 million to Turkey and imported USD 600 million.
TK aimed at the moon with the hope of hitting at least the treetops. As I said in a previous post, I would not be surprised by TK getting 3 to 5 additional daily frequencies to India with caps on permitted seat numbers.
TK suffered right along with other airlines when Pakistani aerospace was closed for three months earlier this year. If this were to happen again, maybe the Indian government could hypothetically use Turkish pressure on Pakistan as a behind-the-scenes measure.