Articles Tagged ‘Middle East’

Saudia: the giant awakes, adding 11 million seats since 2015

Saudia: the giant awakes, adding 11 million seats since 2015

High costs, 42,000 staff, loss-making and heavily subsidised. It’s a wonder Saudia’s first foreign CEO wanted the top job. Saudia has grown very strongly in the past few years from the country’s Vision 2030. VFR markets remain crucial for Saudia, and always will. With Jeddah’s new terminal and coming A321LR/XLRs, what is the role of […]

Middle East aviation market doubles over past 10 years, however growth rates shrinking fast; over 40 airlines to attend CONNECT MEIA

Middle East aviation market doubles over past 10 years, however growth rates shrinking fast; over 40 airlines to attend CONNECT MEIA

Departing seat capacity from the Middle East has doubled over the past decade, going from 131.82 million in 2009 to 264.31 million last year. However, since 2016, the region’s growth rate has shrunk from 13% to 3.1% last year. anna.aero examines the market in more depth ahead of the inaugural CONNECT MEIA.

Heathrow Expansion - 61 unserved African routes; 27 African countries!

Heathrow Expansion – 61 unserved African routes; 27 African countries!

In the lead up to the anna.aero-RABA Heathrow HubLAB conference next month, we look at Heathrow’s underserved potential for routes to Africa and the Middle East. There are 61 African airports and 27 countries with links to other mega hubs in Europe, but no services to Heathrow this summer.


Flights up 10% and ASKs up 15% between Middle East and Africa

Flights up 10% and ASKs up 15% between Middle East and Africa

Cultural, social and religious links are strong between the Middle East and Africa, which has resulted in an extended period of new route growth between the two regions. anna.aero takes a closer look to reveal the leading country pairs and airport pairs.

AEA member airlines see modest 1.3% growth so far in 2013

AEA member airlines see modest 1.3% growth so far in 2013

In the first five months of 2013, Europe’s flag-carriers have reported traffic growth of just 1.3%, according to the AEA. This disguises some major variations by geographic market, with domestic traffic down 3.3%, but cross-border European traffic up 2.5%. But it’s the Middle East that is the fastest-growing region, with passenger numbers up over 10%.

Middle East to Hong Kong: 10% capacity growth in March; Cathay Pacific reduces capacity

Middle East to Hong Kong: 10% capacity growth in March; Cathay Pacific reduces capacity

As trade and financial exchange between Hong Kong and the Middle East intensifies, anna.aero reveals which airline is heavily contesting Cathay Pacific in this market. 


LEAK of the Week: Emirates to launch routes to Boston, Miami and Stockholm; Chicago on radar

LEAK of the Week: Emirates to launch routes to Boston, Miami and Stockholm; Chicago on radar

anna.aero reveals from a top-level source at Emirates which destinations on the map will be added in 2013 in addition to the already announced new routes to Warsaw and Algiers.

Jazeera Airways launches flights to Iraq; now serves 18 destinations from Kuwait, 12 against Kuwait Airways

Jazeera Airways launches flights to Iraq; now serves 18 destinations from Kuwait, 12 against Kuwait Airways

Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways has been operating successfully for over six years now, but which routes does it serve and how often? How big is its fleet and what competition does it face from Kuwait Airways and other carriers in the region?

The non-MEB3s – how Gulf Air, Oman Air and Royal Jordanian are developing their networks

The non-MEB3s – how Gulf Air, Oman Air and Royal Jordanian are developing their networks

With growth at Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways showing no signs of slowing, how have the national carriers of Bahrain, Oman and Jordan responded in recent years? What has been the focus of their network growth? Which routes will they be dropping in 2012? And just how much bigger are the MEB3 carriers in terms […]


UK - Middle East market still booming; Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways all increasing Manchester flights this summer

UK – Middle East market still booming; Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways all increasing Manchester flights this summer

Passenger numbers at UK airports may have fallen in each of the last three years, but not on routes to the Middle East. We examine the extraordinary growth of traffic to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha from London and the UK’s regional airports as Manchester prepares for a huge boost in capacity in 2011.

Rapidly expanding flydubai already ranks #2 in Dubai; faces indirect competition from Air Arabia in Sharjah

Rapidly expanding flydubai already ranks #2 in Dubai; faces indirect competition from Air Arabia in Sharjah

Dubai’s own low-cost carrier has grown faster than sibling Emirates in the last year, but in which region is its core network? What is atypical for a low-cost carrier about some of its routes? Which of the airline’s routes lack competition? And how does it compete with Air Arabia?

The great 'MEB3' analysis: Emirates, Etihad, Qatar networks and fleets compared

The great ‘MEB3’ analysis: Emirates, Etihad, Qatar networks and fleets compared

We all know that these are three of the fastest-growing (and highly regarded) global airlines, but how do their fleets and networks compare? What makes Emirates different from its two regional rivals? What share of each airline’s capacity is allocated to different regions of the world and which of the three currently has no new […]