I was just wondering about the effect on EK's expansion plans of the current problems with Srilankan airlines. There have been reports on various websites, indeed even in the Irish media, that the UL crisis has caused EK's expansion plans to be put on ice. In particular of course, the proposed DUB route. The info in Ireland seems to be that negotiations were at an advanced stage with Aer Rianta, Ireland's main airport operator and Emirates and Aer Lingus had wanted to operate a code share (??)
Although UL's problems are undoubtedly a headache for Emirates, it seems illogical that it would abandon plans simply to provide aircraft to Srilankan; for a start, insurance cover will now be extremely expensive. Also, given that traffic will be declining (for UL) they should have enough for the moment in their 4 remaining A330s and 2 operational A340s?