In my opinion,
I have doubts about DXB
being a megahub anytime soon. As bad as it may sound, most Americans, along with many other westerners, if they had a choice would choose to not fly through a middle eastern airport, no matter how nice it may be or how friendly the people are. I know it sounds stereotypical and stupid, but i do think that it holds true in some circumstances.
linking east and west with leadership flights driving pax through SIN
can only help. The Singapore Stopover deal is a good one, and i hope it grows.
I would vote HKG
as the regions next major hub, as you are really in the middle of everything. SIN
is nice, few hours to dehli, few hours to perth, hour to KL
, 6 hours to tokyo, etc. The preformance of the national carriers, such as Singapore air, thai, cathay, ana / jal etc will determine the real preformance of the airports. If an airline has great service at the right price with a good network of routes they will succeed.
It will be all about wooing customers, offering deals, nice seats, etc. I think SQ
is on the way with exec economy. If they could lower their prices a bit and not be so by the book all the time i think they have a real good chance of emerging as the asian airline of choice for a lot of people.
Time will tell mis amigos.