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Our business model


The Emirates business model

A core part of our strength as a business stems from the ‘open skies’ environment at our main operating base, Dubai International, where we compete with over 100 other scheduled airlines.

Our philosophy relating to international aviation policy and a move towards open skies can be summarised by a quote from the President of Emirates, Sir Tim Clark:

“We know there has been clear evidence of a progression towards aeropolitical multilateralism in the past 20 years. More and more countries are recognising that liberal air access has a multiplier effect on their economics and protection of their national carriers no longer stacks up in the cost-benefit equation or serves their national interest. Unwittingly, they have been subsidising their national carriers through a fortress mentality of aeropolitical protection and the elimination of competition, and other primary sectors of their economies have suffered as a result.”