Last July anna.aero looked at the competitive Middle East transfer market and promised to re-visit the issue to see how the battle between the big-spending airlines of the region was panning out. Six months on it is time to see how the networks of these ambitious carriers is changing. Since mid-2007 the following new non-stop routes have been added.
|Newcastle’s “Emirates Tower.” This kind of large city, often by-passed by more traditonal long-hauliers, gives an indication of the kind of cities the competing Middle East resorts and their allied carriers need to develop an appetite for as destinations for their many new aircraft.|
Since July Etihad has added frequency across many of its routes in an attempt to catch up its larger rivals. The downloadable spreadsheet lists those destinations served non-stop by these three carriers from their hubs. One-stop destinations such as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand are therefore omitted as these are served via points in Australia.
Dubai has now become such a popular destination in its own right that Emirates’ share of capacity at the airport is just 53%, compared with Etihad’s 70% of capacity at Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways which has 77% of capacity at Doha.