The growing dominance of the Middle East in the future of civil avaition has once again been highlighted at the recent Dubal Air show. the big Gulf carriers have placed massive orders for new fleets of aircraft.
The traditional European legacy carriers, including British Airways, and even Asian carriers such as Singapore Airlines must accustom themselves to a ne world order of aviation. Even total numbers carried worldwide my grow the huge capacity increase that will be available to carriers such Emirates, Qatar Airways and Ethiad will require a constant flow of passengers willing to use the Middle East as an interchange hub to criss-cross the rest of the world.
Such a role has of course been played hitherto by European airports such as London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. These airports will need all the economic and political help they can muster of they are to match the competition coming from Dubai, Doha and Istanbul,
Alas in the UK such political help seems to be hugely lacking. The review of London's future airport capacity and development has been effectively shelved until after the 2-15 election as politicians, with the notable exception of London's Mayor, Boris Johnson, of all parties run scared of tacking the issue. Add in the fearful Air Passenger Duty levied on passengers at UK airports and it seems as though UK politicians may, through either indifference or complete incompetence, be working to ensure the Middle East becomes the aviation hub of the 2020s
Dubai Airshow: 'Gulf Three' deals will strike fear into rival airlines - CNN.com