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Landing bigger profits

Airlines in Middle East are setting higher goals

Posted: March 31, 2013 at 2:46 a.m.

At the new concourse at the Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, passengers wait to board the Emirates Airbus A380 parked at the gate. Airports in the Middle East are quickly becoming the crossroads of air travel. The hubs of Persian Gulf carriers are in warm climates with little air-travel congestion and cheap, nonunion workers. That means runways never shut down because of snow, planes don’t circle waiting for their turn to land and flights aren’t canceled by labor strikes as they often are in Europe.

It’s 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a United Nations translator’s head spin.

Airports in the Middle East

Middle Eastern airports are becoming the centers of international travel.
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