KFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1231 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
If you might remember, UL used to serve ARN thrice weekly via DXB from 1999 till when its fleet was bombed by terrorists in 2001.
The route was codeshared by EK ex DXB.
Now, I am aware that the chances of UL resuming ARN are very thin given that there is virtually no biz traffic between the two countries.
But what about EK ? What is stopping them from launching ARN ?
And why have they not yet launched CPH ?
Edit: I've found out that EK were due to start a 4 weekly CPH service in 2006 and had it cancelled due to some bilateral ( ? ) issue when they were doing around 1000 ex CPH weekly advanced bookings.
[Edited 2010-11-11 21:09:29]
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kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12595 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
Quoting KFlyer (Thread starter): Edit: I've found out that EK were due to start a 4 weekly CPH service in 2006 and had it cancelled due to some bilateral ( ? ) issue when they were doing around 1000 ex CPH weekly advanced bookings.
I don't think it was a bilateral issue; the flights had been announced, but unfortunately this was around the time that the whole Mohammed cartoon story blew up and as you'll recall, this cartoon was printed in a Danish newspaper and Denmark became something of a pariah in the Islamic world; EK didn't pull the flights in protest, but clearly, the adverse reaction to Denmark meant that the route was unlikely to be a success and was cancelled.
As to ARN, I think QR has that pretty well sewn up now; one can't rule out an EK route, but I think it's probably doubtful; you could say it depends on how effectively QR grows the market.