Speaking overnight at London's World Travel Market expo, Walsh said that “alliances add value today but I would question whether they will continue that in the future. There was a need and there still is a role for them to play but I would be surprised and question whether they will exist in 10 years from now."
Instead, the future will be paved with bespoke arrangements between individual airlines.
"I think relationships have changed and you are seeing more deals such as joint ventures," Walsh added.
Emirates' president Tim Clark, speaking at the same travel conference, opined that alliances may well survive "but take a different format."
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