When I was travelling Hyderabad to Mangalore by bus back in 2011/12, all the operators were up class service by VRL, KSRTC, Kesinini etc and they were running full daily with business travelers in weekdays and students of Manipal, NIT in weekends.. despite the tickets being in 800-1800rs in those days..The news of this addition was posted a few days back in the IXE thread. To me it looks like the typical 6E capacity dumping to fight SpiceJet on the route! But there are other considerations too..
A) Both LCCs were reportedly doing well with their respective single daily frequencies, Looks like O/D pax are steadily rising, so an additional frequency on a turboprop may not be a bad idea after all, but don't know about 5 daily! I guess we'll just have to see who blinks first. :nuts:
B) Apart from the "potential" of individual routes, we've also got to consider that IndiGo is heavily expanding in South India. With an average of 12 ATRs (1/4th of of a total fleet of 50) planned to be dedicated to the South, such rotations and frequencies are quite expected.
I am not at all surprised with capacity dumping by the airlines with small aircraft in this segment..