I’m sure Tim Fitzgerald said that EK now has 2x a380 on Gatwick as the services are completely rammed.
It maybe true that BA hasn’t pulled off one ME route, however let’s face it with Muscat and Abu Dhabi linked and Bahrain/Doha linked the lights aren’t being blown out.
Then again we aren’t comparing like with like, as it will always be easier to fly people from foreign regional airports to a home base and hub them. KLM do that very successfully as well from all over the UK.
The obvious risk is that someone else develops a better hub model. So instead of people flying BA from India to LHR and onto the US they start using EK, or LH etc etc.