Probably there is a market. There are tons of Lebanese/Indian/Pakistanese/Syrian in Saudi Arabia who have Canadian passport (they lived there for 3 or 4 years to get the "1st world" passport in order to have more security, and then back to Saudi)... sometimes their parents live in Saudi and they live in Canada and so on, so I assume this generates traffic. Also from my experience dealing with locals, I noticed a good number of Saudis have relatives living in Canada (not hard to understand specially for Saudi women... and Canada has very lax immigration rules compared to the likes of the US... so it is an easy safe haven). And most of them seem to prefer Ontario compared to Western provinces (compared to Asians, for instance).
Also, there are more and more Saudi students in NA (I think now they are the 2nd or 3rd contingent of foreign students in the US!) and I reckon a good number of them also study in Canadian universities.
CaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1148 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5767 times:
Quoting Flyingsottsman (Reply 4): I bet it wont be to long before LAX will see either EY QR or both parked at TBIT.
ive been hearing since 2010 that QR and EY were going to fly to LAX and nothing has happened since then, meanwhile EK has come, added two flights a day, and then taken 1 flight off due to 777s being needed elsewhere. Surely QR and EY know the market are there...
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5602 times:
Perhaps with all this expansion into the West, the authorities might make TWOV slightly easier (i.e. let transit pax leave the airport for a night or two, rather than being stuck in the deathy boring terminals). Fingers crossed.
usflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1809 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5472 times:
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17): Perhaps with all this expansion into the West, the authorities might make TWOV slightly easier (i.e. let transit pax leave the airport for a night or two, rather than being stuck in the deathy boring terminals). Fingers crossed.
Don't hold your breath waiting. More realistically, they might add some more amenities inside of the airports for transit passengers...
Actually one of the very few public spaces (other than Western compounds, embassies, etc.) in Saudi where their particular rules (i.e. women covered with the abaya, separation of men and women in cafes, etc.) do not really apply are the airside in airpots (and planes itself), other than the obvious like alcohol.
I guess it wouldn't really be very practical to separate women and men while they are waiting for a plane (specially when you consider that they are going to be mixed inside the plane anyway), it would probably pose some problem with foreign companies to obligue SQ or MH air hostesses to be covered with the abaya until the moment they enter the plane... and at the end of the day those passengers are buying a ticket to a sinful place like Europe, the US, Beirut or Dubai... so why bother if they are going to sin in a few hours anyway .
Gr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 2993 posts, RR: 4 Reply 23, posted (4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4764 times:
Quoting TK787 (Reply 7): Why would anyone choose JED as a transfer point as opposed to DXB?
Absolutely.....I personally, would never choose JED over DXB, but that's my choice.....I'm guesssing there would be a lot of India and other S.Asia bound passengers who would go for SV if the fares were lower......
Quoting lax777lr (Reply 16): 15+ hour flights with no wine or cocktails? No thank you.
Again, this would be an important factor for some passengers (like me) , but for some others, the fare and only the fare, would matter....
All in all, if it provides more options to S.Asian destinations like India, and helps to even slightly bring down the absolutely ridiculous fares that airlines charge during peak season, I'll be very happy......