My Account Menu

CAPA Login


Register to trial CAPA Membership!

Qatar Airways grows in Saudi Arabia as it catches up to flydubai and appears to end Al Maha ambition

23-Jan-2017

Often overlooked in the story of Gulf aviation superconnectors is Saudi Arabia. A large and underserved domestic and international market in its own right, Saudi also possesses hub capability to challenge its better known rivals. 13 Saudi cities have international service but the flag carrier Saudia only serves five. Foreign airlines have moved in, taking advantage of Saudia's absence and the often favourable geography.

Qatar Airways intends to launch service to two new Saudi points in 2017, bringing its total number of services to 10 as it seeks to narrow the gap with the 13 destinations of the leader, flydubai.

In 2016 Qatar Airways overtook flydubai and Emirates in capacity size, making it the largest foreign airline in Saudi. Qatar's organic growth comes as it is increasingly likely that its proposed Saudi start-up, Al Maha Airways, will not launch. Saudia accounts for only 31% of Saudi's international market. This is likely to grow as Saudia continues its quiet revitalisation, aided by improved hubs at Jeddah and Riyadh. There is also a dual brand strategy with the LCC start-up flyadeal.

Delta Air Lines closes in on Korean Air JV to boost Asia network, hedge China Eastern partnership

23-Jan-2017

Alaska and Delta: the end of a partnership, but the start of new competition on the US west coast

22-Jan-2017

SilkAir 2017 outlook: needs to rebrand as 737 MAX arrives amid challenging conditions

22-Jan-2017

LATAM Airlines Group: encouraging signs emerge in Latin America - but caution prevails

20-Jan-2017

Gulf airlines in Australia/New Zealand: 2017 could surpass 2016's record growth

20-Jan-2017

US airlines: a turnaround in unit revenue just as cost pressures rise in 2017

19-Jan-2017
CAPA TV

ACTE-CAPA Global Conference Sydney 2016 Highlights

16-Dec-2016
10 Educational Forums and Travel Summits for Australasia Market in 2016.

Two global organisations — one respected for the scope of its programme content and the other renowned for the depth of strategic aviation and travel intelligence and data — will provide nine major Corporate Travel Summits in the Australasian markets for 2016. The Association of Corporate Travel Executives and CAPA - Centre for Aviation will jointly host education forums and full-day industry strategy summits across Australasia.

China Eastern Named CAPA Asia Pacific Airline of the Year

Indigo Partners Update

Jetstar Asia CEO Update

Spring Airlines Founder And Chairwoman Zhang Xiuzhi Receives CAPA Legend Award

BOC Aviation CEO Robert Martin Named CAPA Asia Pacific Chief Executive Of The Year
Airline Leader