Gulf airlines' once unstoppable expansion is being tested by the peninsula's congested airspace and airports, according to industry leaders.
Carriers such as Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and Dubai's Emirates are hav
Carriers from United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait said on Sunday they were re-routing flights to avoid Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, where a Russian aircraft carrying 224 passengers crashed on Saturday.
The airlines exp
Lufthansa will launch its premium economy service into the Middle East later this month, it said on Sunday, aiming to go head-to-head on quality with Gulf-based rivals.
The German carrier has often been at the forefront of a war o
US-based Delta Air Lines has scrapped a number of its flights to Dubai this winter in an apparent nod to how competition with three Gulf carriers is hurting its business.
Delta, the second-largest US passenger carrier, will fly no
Gulf-based Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates need to open their books since they say they have nothing to hide, said Jill Zuckman, the newly appointed chief spokesman of the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies.
Top executives of US and Gulf airlines will take their dispute over whether "open skies" deals have led to unfair competition to a high-profile public forum in Washington on Tuesday as each side ramps up efforts to sway US regulators.
An "Open Skies" agreement between Gulf and United States airlines is likely to survive a dispute over subsidies, planemaker Boeing's Middle East president said on Monday.
Dubai-based Emirates Airline will present its
The UAE is "happy to talk" with the United States about alleged state subsidies received by Gulf airlines, said an aviation official, adding that no government action currently is necessary, according to a media report.
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark plans talks with officials in Washington in two weeks' time to help formulate its response to allegations by US airlines of unfair subsidies awarded to Gulf airlines, he said on Thursday.
Having shuttled millions of travellers through their plush home bases, rival Gulf airlines are now battling over an Italian market which they see as ripe for expansion and key to driving traffic on to long-haul routes.