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Middle East LCC wrap: Air Arabia, Jazeera, flydubai, nasair, sama and Bahrain Air


Since the entry of LCCs into the Middle East market just over six years ago, with the launch of Air Arabia in 2003, LCCs regional market share has grown quite strongly, though even bigger gains are likely over the next two years. The market now consists of six Middle East LCCs – Air Arabia (Sharjah), Air Arabia Maroc (Casablanca), Jazeera Airways (Kuwait), flydubai (Dubai), nasair (Saudi Arabia), Sama (Saudi Arabia) and Bahrain Air (Bahrain). This year, they will be joined by new LCC subsidiary, Air Arabia Egypt. [5302 words]

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  • Middle East LCCs now control 8.3% of capacity in the region
  • Air Arabia reports better than expected results for FY2009
  • Expanding in 2010, may require further aircraft
  • To launch Air Arabia Egypt next month
  • Jazeera Airways: looking for acquisitions
  • flydubai planning to expand as fast this year as in 2009
  • nasair expanding into India to boost profits
  • Sama still struggling against Saudi Arabian regulations
  • Bahrain Air expecting to break even in 2011
  • Outlook: Fast growth, but choppy conditions. Continued liberalisation the key

Graphs and data:

  • Middle East intra-regional capacity (seats) share as % of total capacity (seats): 2003-2009
  • Middle East international (to/from) capacity (seats) share as % of total capacity (seats): 2003-2009
  • Middle East LCC breakdown
  • Middle East LCC destinations: intra-Middle East
  • Middle East LCC destinations: Africa
  • Middle East LCC destinations: Indian Subcontinent
  • Middle East LCC destinations: Europe
  • Air Arabia net profit margin and revenue growth: FY2006-FY2009
  • Air Arabia passenger traffic: 2004-2009
  • Air Arabia and Air Arabia Maroc destination map: Mar-2010
  • B737NG range graph
  • Saudi Arabia-India capacity share by carrier
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