Regional carriers such as Emirates and Etihad Airways thrive on the luxury travel habits of GCC travellers and Amadeus, a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry reiterated this recently.
According to Amadeus, Gulf carriers see exponential growth of first and business class passenger volumes. Between 2014 and 2015, first class passenger volumes for Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways on the top 10 origins and destinations between Europe and Asia Pacific increased 67%, whilst business class traffic increased by 47%.
This staggering growth in premium classes was complemented by healthy overall growth, with a 7% increase in passenger volumes across all cabin classes for these routes.
Airports in the Middle East also noticed a shift in traveller habits: passenger traffic for flights between Europe and APAC going through Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai increased by 8%.
This data was analysed by Amadeus IT Group’s Travel Intelligence team, and takes into account all bookings in the Amadeus system made via traditional and online travel agencies from across the globe.
Not surprisingly, the figures come on the heels of Emirates and Etihad Airways both renewing their distribution agreements to sell their full range of fares to travellers worldwide through travel agents using Amadeus.
According to Gianni Pisanello, Strategic Marketing Director, Airline Distribution at Amadeus, travellers, especially premium passengers, want the freedom to shop for travel where they want and how they want. Airlines are responding to their customers’ needs by making their comprehensive offering available consistently across sales channels.
This helps build and nurture customer relationships and is very much in line with Emirates’, Qatar Airways’ and Etihad Airways’ commitment to customer service excellence.
The Amadeus distribution channel supports airline growth by providing the technology for them to partner with the world’s largest travel community.
What is helpful is the Amadeus Travel Intelligence, which enables airlines and other travel players to make effective use of data and analytics to improve the profitability of their business.
Amadeus Travel Intelligence combines the latest big data technologies with rich data sources and a dedicated team of talented data scientists. This intelligence provides in-depth information for airlines to gain real insights into overall market dynamics, their own performance and growth opportunities.
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