I can see EY and EK lobbying their governments to have this blockade maintained. They must be happy seeing it bleed QR like this.
and Qatar is making sane investments in well run airlines like BA/IB/CX
and preparing for Alitalia's downfall
EY is going to die soon
and EK will soon die as well because Dubai refuses to build the mega airport ( had the mega airport been constructed by 2016- QR and EY would have already been toast but EK seems hell bent on declining in the 2020's)
Why would EK die? Dubai lacks the funds for DWC. I see a rough year, but I see no reason to be pessimistic.
Fly Dubai will have to do more expansion at DWC,
QR is as ready to implode as EY. What Doha and Abu Dhabi didn't do is make it so expatriates want to live there (supermarkets, bars). Dubai's main issue is housing prices.
EK and Dubai might be bankrupt now if DWC had been finished say 3 years ago. Instead, EK was forced to cut expansion just as the market tanked. It is better to be lucky than good.
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