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Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:42 am

I just wondered why Air India flies from ATQ to BHX? I know ATQ has a population of over a million and BHX has a very ethnic population too, but I would have thought AI would fly to BOM before it flies to smaller airports such as ATQ? Seems like quite a thin route.

Does AI fly from ATQ to LHR too non-stop?
 
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:44 am

Lots of Sikhs from Punjab and going to visit the Golden Temple, the number-one place in Sikhism.
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:53 am

Large Sikh community.
 
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:41 am

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):

ATQ is at the heart of Punjab. Most Sikhs in the UK are from Punjab, hence the direct link.

Besides, ATQ-BHX is via Delhi, not non-stop.
 
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:56 am

Quoting atal17 (Reply 3):
Besides, ATQ-BHX is via Delhi, not non-stop.

So, the flight back tracks a bit? Surely it would make more sense to do BHX-ATQ-DEL-ATQ-BHX?

Do AI do the same routing from LHR too?
 
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:58 am

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 4):
Do AI do the same routing from LHR too?

Why not check their website?
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:01 am

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 4):

AI failed miserably when they tried DEL-ATQ-BHX back in 2005. Didn't work one bit. By going via DEL, AI can attempt to sell transit connections to DEL/BOM/HYD/BLR/MAA/CCU + DAC/KTM/BKK/MEL/SYD. Besides, pax care less about backtracking than having a direct flight.

And yes, AI does have a single flight number ATQ-DEL-LHR, but the ATQ-DEL portion is operated by an A321.
 
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:34 am

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Does AI fly from ATQ to LHR too non-stop?

Thy did when they operated ATQ-LHR-YYZ a few years ago. If memory correct, at that time they had daily service to YYZ, 4 operating ATQ-LHR-YYZ and 3 DEL-LHR-YYZ (or may have been 4 from DEL and 3 from ATQ).When that didn't prove successful they dropped the LHR stop and began nonstop service DEL-YYZ but with some ts originating at ATQ.

Most Indians in Canada are Sikhs. They could probably fill a YVR-ATQ nonstop a few times a week considering the Sikh population in British Columbia (over 200,000) and most are in the greater YVR area.
 
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RE: Why Does Amritsar Receive AI Flights To BHX?

Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:05 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Most Indians in Canada are Sikhs. They could probably fill a YVR-ATQ nonstop a few times a week considering the Sikh population in British Columbia (over 200,000) and most are in the greater YVR area.

Quiet a few of them use EK ex SEA. My last 3 flights SEA-DXB have seemed to be like a DEL-ATQ flight.

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