I think they should just focus on making BAH
into a bigger, better hub instead of trying to be everything to everybody at BAH
, MCT and AUH at the same time. For the limited fleet they have, they will do a lot better to stick all the widebodies into BAH
, and make that a truer hub. Thats the only way they are ever going to grow. They should also try and use their alliance with Oman air at MCT better to route passengers in a limited manner on non stops out of MCT.
Their current routing of flights sometimes just does not make sense to me. For instance, their daily 763 flight to MAA operates as BAH
passengers get to one stop on their way to MAA and change planes on their way back. While AUH passengers change planes at MCT to MAA and one stop on their way back. Either way, the stop is there, so they might as well route the flight non stop from BAH
, and connect all passengers through there.
This becomes substantially worse for passengers who want to use GF
from places like the Indian subcontinent or east asia to connect to Europe or N. America - instead of one stop in the Gulf region, now it becomes two - and more ground time. A major reason why GF
looses traffic to EK
. I think they will make more money that way too. Right now, it seems like they are into playing the political game with their represented nations instead of trying to really make money. They should have taken a hint by the success of EK
... but then again they are GF
. I know they are no where near as good as EK
, but they can easily provide substantial competion on long haul routes to EK
if they were serious, but at the moment they are just a joke when it comes to that.
I've flown on 9V-SPK.