SATexan wrote:Bengaluru is completely sold out on the 7th and 8th of June even as there is availability to Mumbai.
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That doesn't reflect the reality of things like the way you make it seem.
You haven't even considered other factors like BOM having way more options/seats on int'l markets which would mean pax have other ways to get to those above mentioned cities you have used as a reference. Hence, BOM would have seats available at last minute while BLR wouldn't, but that doesn't prove the latter has more demand.
That logic would be fair if the seat count or frequencies to Int'l markets were almost equal out of the two airports, which it's clearly not.
BA has 18 weekly flights from LHR to BOM , just 7 weekly to BLR.
LH has from BOM a total 14 weekly to Germany (FRA+MUC) plus Swiss 7 weekly, so total 21 weekly from LH group. BLR just 7 weekly from LH group.
14 weekly non-stop services from BOM-EWR on Star Alliance carriers (AI+UA). Whereas BLR has none, and no non-stops even to USA. AC operates from YYZ on and off to BOM too.
SQ has 21 weekly (all WB's including an A380) , CX 14 weekly (77W's) , EK 35 weekly (including an A380) and such, while BLR receives far fewer seats from those carriers. The list of such carriers goes on from BOM , many of which don't even serve BLR.
So last minute availability of seats out of a city or the price is not a defining factor to show which airport's more popular or having more demand. If last minute fares on flights (or its availablity thereof) from Rajkot to Amreeka cost more than BOM to Amreeka, we can't apply your flawed logic of RAJ having more demand than BOM for US flights. It's a factor of number of available seats out of the city. Rajkot has barely a single daily to BOM/DEL each, so it would cost more at the last moment obviously because seats would be booked out on such limited inventory.
BLR still has comparatively has far fewer int'l seats than the big two Indian airports , and is even lesser than MAA as per the last data. Heck, till a year back or so, even COK had more int'l seats than BLR. So your data goes on to prove nothing.
Also, if BLR airport authorities go on harping about more premium demand at their airport than any other Indian airport, well, thats their PR job to woo more airlines. But the airlines are not fools, they have access to all the valuable pax data and know more about each city's potential than what BLR airport authorities claim.