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As of February 11, 2016, Delta will no longer fly to Dubai. Why, you may ask? Well, according to the airline, it’s because of “subsidized Gulf carrier competition” — that’s the title of the airline’s press release, in fact: “Subsidized Gulf carrier competition forces Delta to cancel ATL-Dubai.”
What’s especially interesting is that just a few posts down Delta’s page is an article titled “Wall Street buzzing over Delta’s record 3Q profit.” So what caused that buzz? A $1.4 billion quarterly profit, due in no small part to much lower fuel prices. The same low fuel prices that caused SAS to end its all-business 737 flight between Houston and Stavanger, Norway — a formerly lucrative route frequented by deep-pocketed oil execs. Dubai is also a popular destination for oil suppliers, so it’d be just as easy to blame the drop in crude prices for the slip in demand.
Ultimately, US-based travelers aren’t really going to be missing out. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar offer much better service with newer planes (and, in many cases) better seats. Don’t believe us? Let Jen show you the way.
H/T: One Mile at a Time
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