Abu Dhabi International Airport
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- Air Astana
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- Aer Lingus
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All Nippon Airways
China Eastern Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways
Operated by Abu Dhabi Airports Corporation, Abu Dhabi International Airport is a major international gateway to the United Arab Emirates and one of the fastest growing airports in the region. The major hub for hub for national carrier Etihad Airways, the airport is served by over 30 international and regional airlines.
Location of Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates
Ground Handlers servicing Abu Dhabi International Airport
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For all their success elsewhere, the Gulf carriers and Turkish Airlines are looking rather thin in China. This is not by their choosing. Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Turkish have reached the limit of air rights and slots made available to them.
All are ready to expand, and Turkish has even said it has service to five cities ready to launch if approved. That is probably of little comfort to China. While the country wants a flourishing aviation market, it also wants its airlines to have a fair share. But this is not classic protectionism. The argument is Chinese carriers are still young and need time to gain experience before being on equal footing with peers.
Yet Etihad and Qatar are younger than China’s long-haul airlines. With a mindset change that favours liberalisation in China being unlikely in the medium term, the foreign carriers will have to find ways to stress their value and why they should receive more air rights. Partnerships are one such answer.
Qatar Airways’ has revealed Miami as its sixth US destination. This caps off a raft of planned new service by the three big Gulf carriers in 2014 as each airline – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – works to increase its presence in the North American market. All are working towards feeding more North American traffic through their hubs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha and onward to points in Asia, Australasia, Africa and Europe.
The rapid expansion by the three Gulf carriers into the Americas during the past couple of years reflects each airline's respective strategy to ensure they serve all the key global markets. That growth is also accompanied by changing dynamics in the global airline business triggered by the rise of the big three as other major airlines throughout the world have softened their attitudes towards Emirates, Etihad and Qatar and forged partnerships with those airlines to optimise the profitability of their networks. Delta and some other US airlines are exceptions, as Delta strongly resists Etihad's expansion into the US, perhaps fearing that US consumers will discover the much higher level of product offered by the Gulf airlines.
Etihad Airways has delivered on its pledge to unveil a new US destination, revealing Los Angeles as its fourth market in the country. Once the new service begins in Jun-2014 a new competitive element will be introduced between the Middle East and the US as Etihad’s new service creates new pressure for Emirates. At the same time, Etihad’s codeshare with American will be expanded to cover the new service even as rival Qatar readies to officially joined American-anchored oneworld. For the moment American appears comfortable having two Gulf partners, and does not see the need to cut any of its existing ties as its relationship with Qatar deepens.
Emirates remains the largest carrier operating between the US and the Middle East by a wide margin, but Etihad’s latest move shows that it is working to close the gap. Once Etihad’s new service begins, it will compete with Emirates on three of the four US routes it operates – JFK, Washington Dulles and Los Angeles – with more competition likely to ensue in the not too distant future.
Boston Logan Airport’s recent spree of attracting new international service continues as direct flights to Dubai are scheduled to come online in Mar-2014. Emirates Airline is to begin new service that will offer connections throughout its expanding network that covers the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia.
The service caps off an interesting round of new and key international destinations from Boston. JAL during 2012 introduced direct flights to Tokyo Narita followed by Copa’s launch of direct flights to Latin America’s key connection point in Panama. Emirates’ new service to Dubai will be followed by the introduction of flights to Istanbul by Turkish Airlines in May-2014.
Emirates’ service to Boston further solidifies its leading-carrier status among the three big Gulf Airlines to the United States. But as has been the case for the last couple of years, its competitors Etihad and Qatar plan to catch up as Etihad has previously stated it plans to table new North American destinations and Qatar has listed Boston as a potential new market in the US.
Given the quickly changing competitive dynamics those three carriers are ushering into the global market place, there is sure to be an interesting response from Emirates’ rivals to these latest moves in North America. Hopefully this will be in the marketplace rather than in the corridors of Congress.
Air Seychelles announced a strong second quarter and half year financial performance as its turnaround strategy begins to deliver results. The carrier stood on the brink of collapse in 2011 before Etihad came to the rescue by taking a 40% equity stake.
Since its partnership with Etihad took effect in Jan-2012, a considerably slimmed-down Air Seychelles has demonstrated strong growth as it works to re-establish an international network through an increasing number of codeshare partners.
Air Seychelles forecasts that it is on track for a second year of profitability after reporting a USD1 million profit for the financial year to Dec-2012, having lost USD12.5 million in 2011.
Air Seychelles’ CEO, Cramer Ball stated: “We are creating a solid foundation for the future of our airline, Seychelles tourism and our home economy, and we are on track for a second year of profitability”.
The big three Gulf carriers capped off a significant push into the US market in Apr-2013 with Qatar’s launch of service from Doha to Chicago. But Emirates remains the leading carrier to the US amongst those airlines, and broadened its reach into the US significantly during 2012 with the launch of service to Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle and Washington Dulles.
Now with the most recent US route launches behind them, the next moves by the Gulf carriers into the market are being watched closely as the stature of those three carriers continues to rise on a global scale.
All three carriers have previously stated their desire to further enhance their service footprint in the US. But for the moment no new direct services have been announced by those airlines; however there is some subtle movement as Qatar and American Airlines have introduced a codeshare ahead of Qatar’s ascension into oneworld later in 2013. Emirates and Etihad are making capacity adjustments in some existing US markets while Emirates is making an interesting move by introducing new service between Milan and New York as part of a one-stop route from Dubai.
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