Originally Posted by Hourglass
There are already perfectly good options to Africa and the Middle East via London and Frankfurt as well as east coast cities such as New York.
Not saying it wouldn't be great to see Emirates or Etihad or Turkish in YVR, but the business case for these airlines would need to be more than another hubbing point for onward traffic.
Originally Posted by twoNeurons
Flying direct to DOH would mean flights to South Africa from Vancouver go nowhere near Toronto or any other European city.
Right now, there's a CHANCE for a direct flight from YYZ to Cape Town or Johannesburg (unless there are ETOPS restrictions). I'm not sure if there is a direct flight right now from YYZ, I don't think so. As such, it would be a one transfer trip from Vancouver via a Canadian Airport instead of transferring to London or DOH.
Another reason why DOH is opposed by some. Right or wrong, DOH will ruffle feathers because taking the POLAR route it doesn't really have any competition.
Points well taken, but a simple question: Which route is SHORTER? Via London / Frankfurt to, say, Jo'burg, or over the pole to Qatar, then on to Jo'burg?
why does taking the POLAR route mean it has no real competition? Is this, then, the shortest "Route to Jo'burg?"
(hey, there's a theme for a new thread; just what is
the best connecting point for Vancouver to Africa and the Middle East? The thread might be nicknamed "The Fastest Way to Jo'burg," but I'm not going to start it.