Clackers
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Why no direct service between LHR-CCU?

Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:05 pm

Be it BA or AI, I have always wondered why CCU is not served directly from LHR.

Kolkata used to be of historical significance in Empire days and I would have thought a lot of Kolkata diaspora still have descendants in London (or at least Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham etc.).

Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, even Bangalore are all served direct from LHR, with at least one flight per day, and I don't see why CCU cannot command a daily flight if the likes of BLR or AMD can.
 
davidjohnson6
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Re: Why no direct service between LHR-CCU?

Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:44 am

There seems to be a huge amount of IT industry in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad (ie demand for people to fly for work purposes)

I'm sure there is IT offshoring in Kolkata but it doesn't seem to generate as much noise as other cities. Delhi took over as capital of India well before independence - any colonial ties to the UK by virtue of being the former capiral are probably by now rather weak due to the passage of time
 
eurotrader85
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Re: Why no direct service between LHR-CCU?

Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:47 am

Kolkata yields are not there. Yes its a populous city but, with greatest due respect, a poor one, so not going to command enough demand at the front end of the plane compared to the secondary cities listed above. Its a former BA destination that was terminated.
 
klakzky123
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Re: Why no direct service between LHR-CCU?

Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:30 pm

davidjohnson6 wrote:
There seems to be a huge amount of IT industry in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad (ie demand for people to fly for work purposes)

I'm sure there is IT offshoring in Kolkata but it doesn't seem to generate as much noise as other cities. Delhi took over as capital of India well before independence - any colonial ties to the UK by virtue of being the former capiral are probably by now rather weak due to the passage of time


Not only have the ties diminished but Kolkata's position within the Indian economy has also diminished over time. Kolkota was primarily an industrial city that has only seen declines since independence. Also the partition of Bengal really hurt Kolkata as it was the primary economic hub of Bengal before independence. Essentially half of its economic footprint was erased (and most of the farming in Bengal was done in what is now Bangladesh) so those industrial ties were permanently lost. Overall, Kolkata's economic has been trending downwards for 70 years.

Kolkata also hasn't benefited from the IT industry in any meaningful way so the higher yielding corporate traffic just isn't there. What remains is lower yielding VFR traffic that the ME3 have covered. There just isn't any reason for a direct flight anymore.

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