/ME cooperation will continue as normal. TAM will just offer additional options and flexibility for ME
), Brazil">MEA passengers and vice versa.
Getting back to the topic. While there are 8 million Lebanese in Brazil, almost all of them are 3rd and 4th generation citizens and know very little about Lebanon and don't even know Arabic. Most lost contact with Lebanon.
This is what Mohammad El-Hout said when we met him on Tuesday. He said there simply isn't enough demand and that there are convenient connections through Paris and at competitive prices.
He did state however that flights to North America would be profitable and a wise choice in the coming few years, but politics are hindering them from happening.
Regarding Sydney, he said there is too much competition from the very subsidized airlines of the gulf such as Emirates and Qatar Airways.
They offer such cheap flights that ME
), Brazil">MEA can no way match or undercut those prices. He basically called it unfair competition in which ME
), Brazil">MEA is at the lower end, and he's right...
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran