Spotlight On The Middle East – Middle East Carriers And Outlook for 2019/2020

Despite the near-mediaeval nature of aviation’s regulatory structure, it is only relatively rarely that politics intervenes to disrupt airline connections. Perhaps it is the socio-humanitarian nature of the industry’s role that often places mere political differences in the shade. Nowhere has politics made such inroads into efficient air service operations as in the Middle East. 
Middle East seat growth slowed in 2018. The Gulf three grew capacity by only 2% and may feel increased competitive pressure from Turkish Airlines.

  • How do the region’s smaller carriers differentiate and compete against the big three Gulf carriers?
  • What lessons can be learnt from airport privatisation here and abroad?
  • Finding the right service proposition for domestic and long haul – traditional full service or unbundled?
  • What strategies need to be adopted to meet the distributions unique distribution challenges eg around late bookings?
  • How to reconcile the aim of open skies with creating a market for a national airline?

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison

  • AACO, Secretary General, Abdul Wahab Teffaha
  • Gulf Air, CCO, Vincent Coste
  • Jazeera Airways, CEO, Rohit Ramachandran
  • Turkish Airlines, CMO, Ahmet Olmustur

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