I don't think AC
is scared of any Origin-Destination competition with EK
on Dubai. The issue is poaching of third country traffic. International bilateral agreements are based on the concept of balance of benefits. You give rights as good as you get. Canada-Dubai is basically an Origin-Destination route for AC
, but a major hub route for EK
. So where is the balance of benefits? What does AC
(or any other Canadian carrier) get in exchange? The Emirates government agreed to this bilateral agreement, but not EK
seems to be changing the terms. If they have a better deal to offer Canada, let them ask their government to amend the bilateral agreement.
And why does AC
have to twist itself into a pretzel to accommodate EK
? Let EK
start the route with four frequencies. I'm sure they can make money. If they are holding out for daily service as a prerequisite for starting service, it sounds like an excuse to me. They want optimum profitability handed to them on a platter.
They should go on the route, prove its worth and stop whining.
As for the ads, keep in mind that a lot of Canadians travelling around the world fly EK
as connections in Europe or Asia. The ads do not in and of themselves say a damn thing about the carrier's intentions towards Canada. I've seen ads in Canadian publications for South African Airways because you go get their flights in the U.S. It doesn't mean SAA sees Canada as a market it wants to serve directly any time soon.