Lebanon’s officials are looking into the possibility of launching low-cost charter services between Amman and Beirut to activate the tourism sector in summer-2011, and has reportedly involved Middle East Airlines in the discussions. (The Daily Star, 28-Jul-2011). Jordanian tourists numbers to Lebanon have dropped significantly this year, according to President of the hotels associations, Pierre Ashkar.
Middle East Airlines involved in Amman-Beirut charter start-up: reports
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Jordan’s economy is surprisingly robust for a country that is surrounded by others with an actual or historical predilection for political instability. It has established itself as an attractive location for foreign direct investment and as a home for regional banks and finance houses.
Jordan’s main airport competes for business alongside a number of international ones, and also with another airport within Jordan. The national airline, Royal Jordanian, is an alliance member, but while Queen Alia International Airport’s geographical location hints at a possible hub role there is no desire to compete with the MEB3 intercontinentally, and such ambitions are limited to the Levant area of the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Air France-KLM: long haul low cost airline could be part of new CEO's vision as French Blue enters
Air France-KLM chairman and CEO, Jean-Marc Janaillac, who took charge in Jul-2016, has talked about the possibility of launching long haul low cost operations (Bloomberg/luchtvaartnieuws.nl, 20-Sep-2016).
If Air France-KLM were to enter this segment it would be the second of Europe's big three legacy airline groups to do so, after the Lufthansa Group. Ironically, there is no long haul low cost competition to Lufthansa in Germany. By contrast, IAG faces more such competitors in the UK than either of its two major rival groups in their largest home market, but currently has no plan for such an operator.
Air France-KLM management told analysts on a conference call in May-2016 that it was sceptical about the sustainability of year-round profits for long haul low cost. However, new competition has prompted Mr Janaillac to look more closely at this market segment. Since Jul-2016 Norwegian has commenced trans-Atlantic long haul operations from Paris CDG. In addition, since Sep-2016, the new-start long haul LCC French Blue now flies on routes to the Caribbean. Mr Janaillac is expected to report on his strategic vision for Air France-KLM in early Nov-2016. Labour relations will be crucial to the group's development – not least in the area of long haul low cost.