Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 61 Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2834 times:
I don't think they will pull out of AUH, they have so many flights there, many are real money makers like 2x daily (A340) to LHR, daily (A330) to CDG, daily (A340/A330) to CAI, etc. MCT is still a relatively small market for them but they are expanding their with daily flights to LHR (A330) soon. Gulf Traveller is also a strong tool to strengthen their Gulf dominance.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4654 posts, RR: 43 Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2677 times:
The CDG-AUH route is filled too with pax coming from North America (USA-CAN) who cannot get seats on GF via LHR to BAH/AUH and then onwards to Arabia-India-Pak-DAC-CMB!!! CDG doesnt require Indian Passport holders to hold transit visas...it does though for Pak passport holders...dunno about Sinhalese and Bengal citizens.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2646 times:
Overall, I have heard Gulf Air's Abu Dhabi operations are very profitable despite the government of Abu Dhabi starting to lose commitment and moving towards their own Etihad Airways.
I think Gulf Air will stay in Abu Dhabi for the foreseeable future....that is until Etihad Airways overcomes Gulf Air's entire operations and undercuts them...then Gulf Air will start doing poorly in Abu Dhabi and they will be forced to pull out.
This will not happen for quite some time in my opinion if ever. Etihad Airways may never grow large enough to overtake Gulf Air. Perhaps one day the Abu Dhabi government will realize that it isn't really feasible to build up Etihad Airways' to the operations of Gulf Air and will simply let Etihad sit as is.....or even one day shut down.
Who knows what will happen. It's too early to tell what will happen in 10 years from now in Abu Dhabi.
My personal opinion is if Gulf Air pulls out of Abu Dhabi, it won't be for a long time.
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