GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Travel and Tourism

 
  Share
  • Regional airlines add 58 new routes across the GCC in 2018
  • Almost 50% of new UAE routes introduced in 2018 are to destinations in Europe; with Russia claiming the second largest share of new flights
Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  Fourteen airlines have already confirmed their participation at CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May. 
 
Senior network planning teams from Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia, Air Asia, EgyptAir, flyadeal, Ethiopian Airlines, Global Airways, Atlas Global, Germania, Mahan Air, Royal Air Maroc and Titan Airways will attend the inaugural route development forum. 
 
Throughout 2018, GCC airlines have added 58 new flight routes – focusing on areas of consistent and substantial growth - according to research from Colliers International - based on a sample of 10 airlines including Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Salaam Air, Oman Air, Gulf Air, Saudia, flyadeal, Air Arabia and IndiGo Airlines.
 
Karin Butot, CEO, The Airport Agency, added: “2018 has been an exciting year for new flight routes both to and from the GCC, underscoring Dubai as the ideal location to bring together professionals from the aviation and tourism industry for the inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India and Africa forum.”
 
“With up to 400 delegates, CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 will include unlimited one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments, a conference programme, panel discussions and airline & industry briefings as well as an exhibition area dedicated to airports and suppliers.” 
 
Looking at the UAE alone, almost 50% of new routes introduced in 2018 are to destinations across Europe, with the second largest share of new flights connecting the UAE with Russia.  
 
Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “With two thirds of the world's population within an eight-hour flight from the GCC, it is an ideal base for exploring some of the world's most interesting and previously inaccessible corners of the world. And the GCC's airlines are making it even easier with the continuous addition of new and direct flight routes.”
 
During the period 2018 to 2020, as many as 14.5 million EU residents are expected to travel to the UAE, while the number of Russian visitors to the UAE is expected to increase by 69% from 530,000 in 2017 to 895,700 in 2018.
 
Supporting this demand, Emirates have introduced new routes to London Stansted, Edinburgh, Lyon and Paris; Etihad to Barcelona; flydubai to Catania,
Thessaloniki, Krakow, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Helsinki; and Air Arabia to Prague, Moscow Sheremetyevo and Grozny.
Pilbeam, added: 'The UAE's introduction of visas on arrival for Russian tourists in 2017 has led to a huge demand for new flight routes. Earlier this year, Emirates announced a third daily flight to Moscow, while in September the airline confirmed that it would be the first to fly an A380 to St Petersburg. 
“Historically, Europe and the UAE have enjoyed excellent travel and tourism links. Building on this, the introduction of additional flights, new routes and competitive fares are expected to continue to attract growing numbers of EU residents to the UAE.” 
Additional routes added by UAE airlines included, Emirates to Santiago, Newark, Riyadh and Auckland; Etihad to Baku; flydubai to Aqaba, Kutaisi, Kabul and Kilimanjaro; and Air Arabia to Bodrum, Asmara, Sulaymaniyah, Kabul, Izmir and Qabala. 
 
Throughout 2018, both Oman and Bahrain introduced 12 new routes each. Of the new flights added across Oman, the majority have been GCC and North Africa centric to destinations including Riyadh, Kuwait City, Khartoum, Morocco and Egypt. While, in Bahrain new routes have been Asia focused to destinations such as India, Azerbaijan and Turkey.
 
In Saudi Arabia, eight new routes - to destinations including Vienna, Malaga and Erbil - were added during 2018, with the majority originating from Jeddah. For these routes, Colliers International predicts the majority of demand will come from the outbound market. However, as the kingdom moves towards attracting 30 million visitors annually by 2030, the new routes may also attract a degree of inbound corporate, religious and leisure visitors. 
 
“Following recent reforms and the review of visa regulations, Saudi Arabia is poised to capitalise on these factors as it nurtures a vibrant leisure and entertainment sector, supported by additional and direct flight routes,” Pilbeam said. 
 
CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 is expected to bring together airline specialists, aviation authorities, tourism boards, airports and tour operators, as well as other travel-related industry professionals. 



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 7753 times
Posted on : Wednesday, January 9, 2019  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Solid but Moderating Passenger Demand in November
Next Story : Air Freight Demand Flat in November
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Boss Bottled Infinite: Express Your Inner Self
Mouawad Announces New Partnership With the Miss Universe Organization
Ralph Lauren Introduces Ralph's Club for New York Fashion Week
Introducing the new Baby Bio Organic Range from Corine de Farme
Chronoswiss adds beauty in blue to Sirius Chronograph Moon Phase collection
Expect more from your concealer, why settle for less!
Ncef-reverse Eyes – Filorga's New Ground Breaking Eye Care!
Marks & Spencer Unveils Its Autumn 2019 Kidswear Collection''
Admiral Legend 42 Icon ahead
Roberto Cavalli's exclusive new duo of fragrances
UAE Welcomes Energy Industry's Thought Leaders at World's Most Influential Energ...
La Roche-posay Presents an Incomparable Skincare Experience With ‘My Skin Track ...
Tag Heuer Launches First Ever Emerald Green Dial Aquaracer (for Men & Women) in ...
ENEC to showcase economic, social and environmental benefits of nuclear energy a...
World's First Cartridge-Free Laser Printer Now Available in the UAE
Ferrari 812 GTS: the V12 spider returns
Corum Golden Bridge Round 39 for elegant lady
A Journey of Belief: Caroline Leon goes the extra mile with DHL as she attempts ...
The Ferrari F8 Spider: the evolution of the species
Sony Middle East and Africa launches the new king of full frame mirrorless camer...
Tabreed demonstrates commitment to enhancing energy efficiency with ISO 50001 ce...
Samsung Galaxy Fold Now Available
Tissot Carson Automatic Urban vitality
The Great Kerala Feast at Indian Town Restaurant, Karama
Trade Up Your Old Device For the Next Level Power Galaxy Note10
Lenovo Launches New Devices: Offering Smarter Technology for All
Introducing the Dyson V11TM Absolute cord-free vacuum
Canadian University Dubai launches world-class creative leadership program with...
Opening of PACE British School, a premium British curriculum education initiativ...
Union Coop constructs two commercial centers in Al Badaa (Jumeirah) and Barsha 3
LONGCHAMP Spring/Summer 2020
UAE Team Emirates' Pogacar Inches Closer to a Second Place Finish at La Vuelta
Energy Transition is Accelerating Across Countries Worldwide According to 2019 W...
The art of knurling
Pan Emirates Home Furnishing welcomes Autumn with its new collection
Breitling Announces Partnership With Etihad Airways
IFA 2019: Samsung Electronics Celebrates Five Decades of Designing Your Tomorrow
Etihad Aviation Group Brings Back Popular ‘fikra University' Competition
City Centre Me'aisem is here to captivate and educate this back-to-school season
Ministry of Health and Prevention Launches the 11th Edition of “Lose to Win” Program
A Pure Class Performance From Pogacar as He Earns His Second Stage Win at La Vuelta
First A220 delivery to EGYPTAIR
Important messages from Emirati astronauts prior to launch to International Spac...
Union Coop Signs a contract with AL Aber contracting to construct Umm Al Quwain ...
Shoppers meet UFC Athlete Andrei Arlovski at Mushrif Mall
Blaze Pizza opens its first branch in UAE
Diego Ulissi to Lead UAE Team Emirates as They Take on a Double Bill of Racing i...
Michael Kors Releases First Mini-documentary
Advanced technology and treatment approach at the forefront of epilepsy treatmen...
DKNY Kids continues to lead the way in athleisure dressing