You know what it’s like: you’re stood waiting for a plane to the Middle East and then three turn up at once. Or so it would appear, with three airlines making announcements over the past fortnight relating to their plans to offer more direct flights from Manchester Airport to the Middle East.
- First up was Qatar Airways, announcing on 22nd February an extra daily flight to Doha from 1st June. That brings them up to two flights a day.
- Next came Etihad, erstwhile sponsors of the light blue football team. Their announcement on 7th March superceded an earlier announcement of ten flights per week: no, now there would be two flights to Abu Dhabi per day starting 1st August.
- Last to the party was Emirates who announced yesterday that they will be flying a third daily flight to Dubai. Last to announce but first to implement, the third daily flight starts on 1st May.
We doubt there’s enough demand for seven daily flights to those three cities on their own, but there may be enough demand for onward connections to other Asian and Australian destinations. One to keep an eye on.