Articles Tagged ‘DXB’
Now the good news: Wataniya Airways launches flights between Kuwait and Dubai; Bahrain and Beirut to follow in March
Yes, people are still starting new airlines, even during these economically challenging times. Welcome Wataniya Airways and its premium service using an A320. What gives it an edge in the Kuwait market and who are its chief competitors?
We identified just three new routes that started this week. Step forward City Airline (Sweden), jetBlue (US) and Wataniya Airways (Kuwait).
Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways grew capacity by 15% in 2008; Almaty and Los Angeles are newest routes
Although they haven’t started that many new routes this year Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have grown capacity by around 15% this year. Which destinations are ‘monopoly’ routes and where is competition fiercest for transfer passengers?
This week’s new routes feature airBaltic, Allegiant Air, easyJet, Jetairfly, jetBlue and Volaris. Which new country is easyJet serving for the first time from this week? Watch out for next week’s newsletter when we provide a spreadsheet of all the new routes starting with the introduction of the winter schedules.
This week’s new routes come mostly from Asia and the Middle East. Afriqiyah starts service from Libya to Dubai, while Pakistan’s airblue links Lahore with Muscat. India’s Paramount began a new domestic route and Hong Kong Express launched flights to Manila in competition with three other carriers. Norwegian re-started a domestic route, and Pacific Blue started Auckland-Melbourne.
New route started this week operated by Air Asia, Alaska Airlines, Best Air, bmibaby, Hong Kong Express, Monarch, Northwest, Virgin America and Westjet.
Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are still ordering more new aircraft to support their growth plans but which routes have they launched so far in 2008? Which are starting soon and which destination did all three start this year? And what links Brussels, Dublin and Minsk?
Middle East & North Africa: Dubai surges ahead in race for hub dominance; Moroccan airports benefit from ‘open-skies’
Dubai is now twice as big as any other airport in the Middle East and North Africa and added three times more passengers than its nearest rival Cairo. Morocco’s airports all had a good 2007 though growth is slowing in 2008.
Thanks to the new ultra long-range 777-200LRs, Emirates is beginning to make inroads into the Americas. It started Houston, Sao Paulo and Toronto last year and has California in its sights for this summer. But how does the Dubai hub work? When are the peak arrival and departure periods, and which country markets are the airline’s biggest?
This week’s air show focused industry attention on this part of the world with record aircraft orders. Dubai’s airport is growing so fast that a replacement is already under construction. Apart from Emirates, who else operates at the airport? Which are the leading country markets? We take a closer look at the UK market to identify seasonality issues.
There aren’t many independent airlines in the Middle East but Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways is a notable exception. It only began services from Kuwait in October 2005 but has already established a second base at Dubai airport. And it’s making money. Which European destination does it serve?
The Middle East airport building boom is in full flow with new airports planned for Doha and Dubai. But which are the regions leading airports right now and which are growing fastest? We look at various indicators.