In February, the European Commission and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a ground-breaking summit in Singapore, aimed at fostering more and better direct air services between the two trading blocs. A key driver motivating this aviation partnership is concern at the impact that Middle East mega hubs are having on traffic flows, and fears that players at either end of the routes are losing market share to the competitive middle men. The Gulf carriers, with their ...

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