Based in Europe, it’s all too easy to overlook the huge expansion by the Gulf carriers in Africa.
Check the route maps of EK/EY/QR and you’ll see what I mean. All three carriers believe that Africa holds a lot of potential judging by their network growth in recent years.
It is true that much of their new traffic comes from flying passengers between Asia (and mainland China in particular) and Africa.
But European travellers also fly to Africa via the Gulf. Yes, I know it’s a dogleg but some do take the Gulf routings. Price is one reason but another is the fact that the Gulf carriers serve so many secondary points in Europe which have been neglected by our national airlines.