ANALYSIS: Partnerships shape direction of Gulf capacity

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Emirates’ landmark tie-up with Qantas has not only created ripples across the sector, but has underlined the interest of the Gulf carriers in the Australian market.

Daily flights have been added on services from Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney to Dubai since last October as the two partners cement their new agreement to co-operate on flights linking Australia to Europe through Dubai.

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It is not alone, as there are now daily flights between Perth and Qatar AirwaysDoha base, adding to the existing flights from the region to Australia offered by both Qatar and Etihad.

India and the Philippines are two other markets in Asia where capacity to the Gulf is sharply up, Innovata schedules data shows. Capacity though, as measured in ASKs, is down 11% on flights linking the UAE with China.

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Comparison of the October 2013 schedules data with the same month the previous year also underscores gradual development of capacity in various markets to Iraq. Notably, capacity has doubled on routes from Lebanon to Iraq and increased nearly 90% from Turkey, including a doubling of capacity between Erbil and Istanbul