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  • Emirates Face Off: ACI Sees It As Good For Europe
    Posted by Rupa Haria 5:33 PM on Mar 01, 2011

    While the Emirates/Lufthansa/Canada debate continues to rage (click here read my colleague Madhu's report in this week's edition of AWST), there's a different perspective coming out of Europe.

    Talking about the issue on the sidelines of the ACI Airport Economics conference in London today, Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, said that ACI sees the position differently to the Association of European Airlines (AEA), which is opposed to Middle Eastern carriers gaining landing rights in Europe. 

    Far from being a threat to Europe's status as an air travel hub, Jankovec says that Emirates widening its reach across Europe is good news for European airports. The Middle Eastern carrier, along with Qatar and Etihad, brings more passengers to Europe and opens up new markets - surely this can only be a good thing for Europe's larger airports, particularly as they find themselves increasingly competing with regional airports where LCCs have based themselves. 

    But he concedes it's not necessarily good for hub-and-spoke operations like Paris where the threat of Emirates could lose Air France, and Charles de Gaulle, significant transfer passengers.

    As Madhu’s report notes, concerns that North American and European carriers could be run out of the sky by Emirates are overblown, but on the other hand, it is understandable for Lufthansa to feel threatened by Emirates on its home turf at Frankfurt.

    Tags: tw99, emirates, lufthansa, air france, aci

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