UAE air­ports fore­cast 6.3% pas­sen­ger growth in 2017 de­spite head­winds

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De­spite slug­gish global eco­nomic growth, low oil prices, ‘Trumpo­nomics’ and Brexit, the UAE will lead Mid­dle East pas­sen­ger growth in 2017 with an an­nual in­crease of more than 6.3%, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates from the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA).

How­ever, aviation-re­lated dis­cus­sions dur­ing Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket this year will no doubt be dom­i­nated by the re­cent US-led ban on elec­tronic de­vices and the reper­cus­sions for re­gional air­lines.

Aviation fea­tures heav­ily in the seminar pro­gramme at ATM 2017, held be­tween 24-27 April in Dubai World Trade Cen­tre. The ses­sions are be­ing mod­er­ated by John Strick­land, Di­rec­tor, JLS Con­sult­ing, who, with 34 years of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, is an author­ity on the busi­ness mod­els of re­gional, global, legacy and low cost car­ri­ers.

Strick­land said: “2017 presents a much more chal­leng­ing pic­ture for the air­line in­dus­try in the Mid­dle East, par­tic­u­larly in light of the re­cent elec­tron­ics ban en­forced by the US and UK.”

The ban in­cludes tablets, lap­tops, eRead­ers and any­thing that mea­sures larger than 16cm x 9.3cm (6.9 inches x 3.66 inches).

Air­lines af­fected by the US ban in­clude: Royal Jor­da­nian Air­lines, Egypt Air, Turkish Air­lines, Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emi­rates and Eti­had Airways. While the UK ban in­cludes: Bri­tish Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thom­son, Turkish Air­lines, Pe­ga­sus Airways, At­las-Global Air­lines, Mid­dle East Air­lines, Egyp­tair, Royal Jor­da­nian, Tu­nis Air and Sau­dia.

Over­all the policy af­fects about 50 flights a day to the US, mean­ing the ban could im­pact over 15,000 pas­sen­gers daily.

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