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first_imgEmirates believes the interests of consumers are being “overlooked” in an aviation landscape that has become increasingly dominated by global alliances. And key to this, according to Emirates international affairs senior vice president Andrew Parker, is an attempt by alliances to stifle competition. “Open skies is more important than ever,” Mr Parker told delegates at an aviation conference in Sydney, calling more competition a “positive thing”.  “We strongly believe there is not enough discussion globally on where the consumer stands in this whole debate on consolidation, alliances, immunity and subsidies.”Although Mr Parker said there was a legitimate case for consolidation in the industry and that he was not “against alliances per se”, he did argue for a continued “re-examination” of the groups by governments and regulatory authorities so the industry didn’t “lose sight of consumer interest in all of this”.        “Consumers must be at the heart of this debate: they want service, they want choice, they want price,” Mr Parker said.Calling independent carriers “a check on alliances”, the Australian went on to say that airline affiliations had “evolved from what they originally intended to do”, which was to offer “more seamless travel, frequent flyer programmes, lounges.”  “Today they are becoming fully integrated large global businesses that work as a single entity, often immunised by governments.”  Although strong competition on the “kangaroo route” put Australian services in good stead, Mr Parker lamented the “many other markets and corridors in the world” that had “a single entry from alliance A, from alliance B and alliance C”.“The more restrictive those markets are, the less opportunities there are for choice.” According to the Emirates executive, the world’s three largest alliances are now responsible for 55 per cent of Available Seat Kilometres worldwide and 90 per cent of Atlantic traffic.   “We try to connect the unconnected,” Mr Parker said of Emirates, “to have a truly global network that can compete against alliances like STAR”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hcenter_img A check on alliances: Emirateslast_img

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