Qatar Today - - COVER STORY -

Al­most 6 bil­lion peo­ple are within eight hours' flight of the Gulf coun­tries. The Mid­dle East achieved 8.2% traf­fic growth in 2012 de­spite un­rest in the re­gion and a hes­i­tant world econ­omy. Mid­dle Eastern air traf­fic growth is typ­i­cally higher than emerg­ing mar­kets. Traf­fic to and from the Mid­dle East has grown 236% since 2000. Low cost car­ri­ers' share of do­mes­tic and in­ter-re­gional Mid­dle Eastern traf­fic has grown but there is still po­ten­tial to grow fur­ther. 1,999 new de­liv­er­ies – 15% for re­place­ment, 85% for growth. 61% will be twin-aisle or very large air­crafts, due to the po­si­tion the re­gion is cre­at­ing for it­self as a ma­jor global hub.

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