Index of stories in this special report: Aviation sector – Stuck on the runway
Introduction: Gulf’s aviation market matures
While the big three Gulf airlines are taking an ever larger share of the global market, and the region’s new low-cost carriers have got off to a profitable start, many others in the industry are struggling to find a niche.
Saudi Arabia: Playing by a different set of rules
With a captive pilgrim market, the kingdom’s aviation industry sits apart from the rest of the sector.
Gulf airports: Runaway expansion plans
As Gulf airports ambitiously increase their passenger capacity, will there be enough demand to justify the investment?
Dubai: Giant threat to local rival
Plans to build the world’s largest airport at Dubai World Central could prove terminal for the existing Dubai International.
Kuwait’s national carrier faces turbulent times
It has been an eventful year for Kuwaiti aviation. For its airlines, it has been one of mixed fortunes. The buoyancy of the low-cost market, and the strong performance of Jazeera Airways in particular, has been in marked contrast to the continued turmoil at the national airline, Kuwait Airways.
Kuwait Airways: Board opens the emergency exit
A disagreement with ministers over adding to the fleet led to a mass exodus of board members.