Articles Tagged ‘Middle East countries’

Bahrain Air closes after 5 years; served 27 destinations in 15 countries; attacks govt. for protecting Gulf Air

Bahrain Air closes after 5 years; served 27 destinations in 15 countries; attacks govt. for protecting Gulf Air

Five years after its launch, Bahrain Air sees itself forced to close down shop. The airline, which flew to over 20 destinations in its brief history, heavily competing against Gulf Air, now blames the government for partiality.

Sharjah Airport set to break 7 million passengers in 2012

Sharjah Airport set to break 7 million passengers in 2012

Based low-cost airline Air Arabia provides 80% of Sharjah Airport’s capacity, including the recently launched Sialkot service. Flights to India command 30% of weekly capacity from the UAE’s third largest city.

Kuwait’s traffic growth slows, but airport prepares for busier future with new terminal

Kuwait’s traffic growth slows, but airport prepares for busier future with new terminal

The oil state of Kuwait’s only airport has seen rapid growth in recent years, but this development has now slowed down. Which are the biggest airlines in the market? Which route dominates with more than twice the capacity of any other route? And what capacity will be brought with the new terminal?


Gulf Air expanding Bahrain network to Entebbe, Juba and Rome; flydubai and United newest airlines at airport

Gulf Air expanding Bahrain network to Entebbe, Juba and Rome; flydubai and United newest airlines at airport

What impact have the domestic problems in Bahrain had on the demand for air travel at the country’s airport in 2011? How seasonal is demand through the airport? How are the two national carriers continuing to develop their networks? And which other notable carriers serve the airport?

Iraq welcomes the return of Egyptair; Emirates coming to Baghdad in November joining Etihad and Austrian

Iraq welcomes the return of Egyptair; Emirates coming to Baghdad in November joining Etihad and Austrian

How many airports with scheduled services does Iraq currently have? Which major carriers serve them and from where? Which LCCs offer flights to the country and which new services have launched this year? What is the current state of the Iraqi Airways fleet and what routes does it offer from Baghdad and Erbil.

Syrian market growing rapidly; Syrianair operates 40 routes but foreign carriers have over 80% of international market

Syrian market growing rapidly; Syrianair operates 40 routes but foreign carriers have over 80% of international market

Air travel is booming in many parts of the Middle East, including Syria. Which are the leading country markets and which are the leading airlines serving the country? And where does private carrier Cham Wings fly to?


Saudi Arabia’s Sama ceases services; 70% of network was allocated to international flights to eight cities

Saudi Arabia’s Sama ceases services; 70% of network was allocated to international flights to eight cities

The battle between Saudi Arabia’s two LCCs appears to have been won by Nas Air. Rival Sama ceased operations this week. How big was its fleet and which cities did it serve recently and in the past? And what did it need a Jetstream for?

Jordan’s Queen Alia Airport growing at almost 20% in 2010; airBaltic, Alitalia, Iberia and Vueling starting new flights

Jordan’s Queen Alia Airport growing at almost 20% in 2010; airBaltic, Alitalia, Iberia and Vueling starting new flights

Royal Jordanian may not have the same global ambitions as some of its regional rivals but it continues to start new routes and Jordan continues to attract new services. We reveal which LCCs, US carriers and European flag carriers fly to Amman.

Yemen air travel boosted by emergence of Felix Airways; flights to Europe hit by recent events

Article Thumbnail: Route NewsYemenia now has a local rival, of sorts. But what of the country’s international flights and which other carriers are serving the country? Which AEA member airlines, and which local LCCs are present?


Oman Air helps Muscat make up for loss of Gulf Air flights; Frankfurt, Munich start this week

Article Thumbnail: Country FocusTraffic at Muscat is picking up again after the government pulled out of its involvement with Gulf Air to focus on Oman Air. But who else flies to the Sultanate and what lies ahead for Oman Air?

Israel’s Ben Gurion airport grew by 10% in 2008; El Al starts Sao Paulo service in May

Article Thumbnail: Country FocusTel Aviv’s main airport dominates the Israeli air travel market while El Al is gradually seeing its share of traffic at the airport diminishing. Which are the leading country markets and which other new routes are planned for this year?

Tehran’s IKIA is main international gateway; strong links to UAE

Article Thumbnail: Country FocusIran has over 40 airports with scheduled air services. We take a look at which are the biggest and how they compare. Which foreign carriers serve Iran and which are notable by their absence? Which are the leading country markets?