kriskim wrote:SCFlyer wrote:If I recall, EY was underperforming at BNE in the 6-9 months prior to the pandemic hitting its height, so not really a surprise considering EY were also undergoing their own bankruptcy restructuring to fix up Hogan's mess.
On the other hand, it would also strengthen QR's case to serve BNE on a full-time basis now that EY is departing the market.
That's quite harsh if it was underperforming in better times. Even EK decided to axe BNE-SIN-DXB before all this mess. BNE a very marginal destination for airlines like EY, TG, MH, with the later two also in bad financial health they could be the next to go as well.
Fingers crossed that QR is able to gain permanent rights into BNE, they seem to be very keen.
Not necessarily just BNE but it wouldn't surprise me to see more triangle or tag-on routes return post-COVID. Routes like BKK-BNE-AKL / BKK-SYD-BNE-BKK were not unusual ~10 years ago. Whilst TG probably won't come back to BNE/PER for a while, we have already seen SQ do SIN-SYD-BNE-SIN, similar routings on carriers like MH/CX/TG/PR would not surprise me post-COVID - particularly for BNE/ADL but could also see MEL/SYD combinations (e.g. MNL-SYD-MEL-MNL).
I don't think these would be long-term, but it means the airline doesn't have to shut-down a station only to reopen it later and maintains presence in the market.