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Doha surpassed Dubai as an air traffic hub

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According to the company’s latest research Forward Keys, Which analyzes data on flight bookings, A small revolution has taken place in the Gulf. For the first time, Doha International Airport has become the region’s most important center in the first half of 2021. It has thus overtaken its rival Dubai International Airport.

From January 1 to June 30, according to Forward Case Analyzes, The number of airline tickets issued to travel via Doha is 18% higher than that issued through Dubai. A difference that appears to continue over the next few months. The …

According to the company’s latest research Forward Keys, Which analyzes data on flight bookings, A small revolution has taken place in the Gulf. For the first time, Doha International Airport has become the region’s most important center in the first half of 2021. It has thus overtaken its rival Dubai International Airport.

From January 1 to June 30, according to Forward Case Analyzes, The number of airline tickets issued to travel via Doha is 18% higher than that issued through Dubai. A difference that appears to continue over the next few months. Bookings through Doha in the second half of the year were actually 17% higher than those made via Dubai..

Earlier this year, air traffic via Doha accounted for 77% of Dubai. But it hit 100% for the first time in the week of January 27th.

According to the consulting firm, The main factor in this decision is the lifting in January The siege Qatar and flights, Which has been going on since June 2017. The siege was imposed by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

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This had a negative effect on Doha as it stopped flights to all these places. Qatar Airways removed 18 locations from its network. Half the concern is Saudi Arabia, its main regional market. The Doha center has also been affected by long flight times, hence the links. Therefore, the countries that imposed the Qatar Airways siege had to avoid airspace.

It would be beneficial to lift the siege on Qatar

Further Of regression Qatar Airways Has paid. The company then sent its fleet elsewhere. It opened 24 new avenues in the world. So at the end of the siege flights to Cairo, Dammam, Dubai, Jeddah and Riyadh were restarted and the number of passengers was quickly recovered.

These taxes contributed height to the power of the center. According to Forward Case, traffic from Dammam to Doha reached 30% of the time immediately before the siege. In Dubai-Doha, this percentage reached 21%. In Seattle, the Doha Center also benefited from the introduction of new connections with San Francisco and Abidjan.

The main routes that showed strong passenger growth compared to pre-epidemic levels were: Sao Paulo, 137%, Kiev, 53%, Dhaka, 29% and Stockholm, 6.7%. Seat capacity has increased from Doha to Johannesburg (+ 25%), Maldives (+ 21%) and Pakistan’s Lahore (+ 19%).

The Forward Case proves it Seat capacity will continue to increase in the third quarter. On re-established lines with Middle Eastern countries, Should only show the number of seats provided 5.6% lower percentage For pre-infectious conditions. If you look at the market share of the major centers in the Gulf, In the first half of 2021, The Doha Center represents 33% of transit traffic. Dubai 30%, Abu Dhabi 9%. In the first half of 2019, the market share will be 21% for Doha, 44% for Dubai and 13% for Abu Dhabi, respectively.

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