Emirates plans to "let some time pass" before it renews efforts to launch more services to Canada, following the re-election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his conservative government, which has opposed granting the UAE airline more slots (The National, 23-May-2011). Emirates’ senior vice president of international affairs, Andrew Parker, said there is “no doubt” the airline will keep trying to be granted more rights, adding that “despite the occasional flare-ups and the occasional challenges that we have … the world is liberalising”.
Emirates to let time pass over Canada slots before trying again
You may also be interested in the following articles...
President Trump and US aviation. A likely reversion to protectionism
The 45th President of the USA will be Donald J. Trump.
This CAPA analysis considers the impact of his campaign, and now impending presidency, on the aviation and tourism sector, against the background of the election campaign. It is an upadated version of one produced by CAPA in Jun-2016. There is more to the apparent shift in US international attitudes than just Mr Trump's election, as a sweeping dissatisfaction and distrust of “politicians” pervades that country – and others.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was marked by a combination of populism, nationalism, protectionism, racism – notably against Mexicans - and anti-Muslim rhetoric. There were also even less attractive elements of his campaign.
Mr Trump’s positions were matched at the other end of the political spectrum – in a more palatable way – by Bernie Sanders, who also played to the populist disillusionment with Washington. The result has shifted the US' national policy fulcrum. For aviation purposes Mr Trump has said and done things that are relevant in several important areas, as outlined below. Protectionism and an erosion of free trade is a prominent risk.
EU-Gulf open skies negotiations: Qatar CEO Al Baker warns of biased 'fair competition' definition
As the US-Gulf airline dispute loses momentum with the American government, the big Middle East aeropolitical debate will now shift across the Atlantic to Europe, where the European Commission has a mandate to try to negotiate an open skies agreement with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as other countries/blocs, including Turkey and ASEAN.
Qatar Airways CEO H.E. Akbar Al Baker gave a keynote presentation at the recent CAPA-ACTE Global Aviation Summit in Amsterdam and addressed the subject of the EU mandate. Mr Al Baker called for unquestionable third and fourth freedom liberalisation and eventual fifth freedom liberalisation. The devil as always is in the detail; the non-EU airlines in the negotiations are sceptical about how the EU will define a "fair competition" clause, and whether it will be left abstract enough that "fair competition" could potentially be used against airlines in a way they have not envisaged. The Brexit referendum could result in the EU negotiating side losing the UK, whose liberal views have balanced those of the more protectionist France and Germany.