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Emirates Expansion About to Stall?


Dubai, UAE : 25 June 2010

Emirates Airlines received a warning that its expansion plans could be about to stall when Chief Executive of Air France KLM said that the Dubai airline will likely face ‘more and more’ reluctance from governments to grant them more traffic rights.

Hartman, who also sits on the Air France KLM governing board, is not the first European airline executive to voice concerns about the speedy expansion of Emirates, with reported grumblings from Lufthansa earlier in the year.  A report in La Tribune last month also said that the government of France had refused to give more Parisian landing slots to the Dubai airline and had only found the space for one extra landing slot for them at Lyon airport.   

Requests by Emirates to expand its operations to South Korea and Canada have also been refused and the airline is in the middle of a row about fare prices into Germany. 

None of this stopped Emirates from announcing an $11.5 billion deal with Airbus earlier this month to purchase 32 A380 super-jumbos to enhance its current fleet.

Sarah O'Connell, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market
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