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The Middle East airlines flights plan to increase

         Date: 2012-03-27

           Tag: airlines flights, airlines flights increase

Summary: The expansion of the airline’s in the region poses major competition for African and European carriers.

The airlines, including Gulf Air, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Air Jordan are eyeing the African market with a transit strategy of linking Nairobi with major trade markets through their hubs.

The Middle East airlines flights plan to increase

The Middle East airlines flights plan to increase

Middle East airlines plan to introduce new flights and increase frequencies to Nairobi in a move expected to intensify competition. Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will from June increase its frequency to Nairobi from five to seven a week.

The announcement comes as Etihad, UAE’s national carrier, prepares to commence daily passenger flights between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi on April 1.

“The Nairobi service is one of our successful routes in recent times. We expect to see continuing strong demand on our Nairobi route and will continue to cater to our customer base there,” Samer Majali, Gulf Air’s chief executive, said in a statement making the announcement.

Mr Majali said the airline, which launched operations to Nairobi last July, recognised the importance of the Nairobi market in strengthening the airline’s regional network connecting the wider Africa. The airline hopes to further grow Africa and take advantage of the demand.

“The route will allow Etihad to tap into large traffic flows between East Africa, North Asia, and the Indian sub-continent,” Etihad’s chief executive officer James Hogan said in an earlier interview.

The expansion of the airline’s in the region poses major competition for African and European carriers.

The airline has significant traffic connecting passengers to London, Saudi Arabia, India, UAE, and Bangkok through Bahrain. The route is composed predominantly of business travellers.


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