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European and Middle East carriers fighting for market share on Europe-Middle East route


European carriers are becoming increasingly concerned by the Middle East airline threat on their core international businesses. CEOs from British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa have all voiced their opinions lately, as Middle East airlines continue to expand their global networks. But the European flag carriers are not standing idly by. Several are rapidly expanding their presence in the Middle East, to maintain and/or grow their share of this promising market. Emirates is the clear market leader, with a 21.0% share of capacity on Middle East-Europe routes. Qatar Airways is the second largest, with 8.7%, while Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France have just 5.6%, 3.5% and 2.7% shares, respectively. [4725 words]

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  • British Airways sees Middle East as “important market”
  • Lufthansa enhancing product offering
  • Air France-KLM expanding existing routes
  • Turkish Airlines growing
  • European airlines’ new services to the Middle East
  • Emirates expanding across the continent
  • Etihad Airways expanding existing services and cooperating with other carriers
  • Qatar Airways to launch six new European routes by Mar-2011
  • Middle East LCCs also looking for European market share
  • Outlook: Can regulators keep up with commercial requirements?

Graphs and data:

  • Europe-Middle East capacity share by carrier (number of seats)
  • Europe-Middle East Premium traffic
  • IATA Europe-Middle East premium revenue share vs premium traffic share Jan-08 to Jul-2010
  • British Airways, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa Sep-2010 traffic
  • British Airways Middle East destination map: Oct-2010
  • Lufthansa Middle East destination map: Oct-2010
  • Air France-KLM Middle East destination map: Oct-2010
  • Emirates Europe destinations: Oct-2010
  • Etihad Airways Europe route map: Oct-2010
  • Etihad Airways codeshare and interline agreements: 2010
  • Qatar Airways’ European route changes
  • Qatar Airway Europe and Africa destination map: Oct-2010
  • Air Arabia Middle East, Africa and Europe destination map: Oct-2010
  • Middle East airlines European expansion plans
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