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Major airlines urge Trump to take action against Gulf carriers accused of Open Skies violations

Three of the United States largest airlines along with several members of Congress are making noise again in order to sway the federal government into taking action against Middle Eastern countries who are allegedly subsidizing their state-run airlines. Delta, United, and American Airlines have accused the United Arab Emirates and Qatar of breaching international aviation pacts, known as Open Skies agreements, which permit airlines to operate internationally without government interference. …

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Indian airlines oppose decision to give extra seats to Gulf airlines during peak festive season

Indian carriers have expressed their displeasure over the government’s decision to furnish excess bilateral to Dubai-based carriers during the peak festive season. In a letter sent by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the airlines voiced their opposition to the decision to extra 5,500 seats to carriers of Emirates and flydubai – the designated airlines of Dubai. “It is our earnest request that UAE …

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Trump’s administration considering options regarding relationship with Gulf carriers

The administration of United States President Donald Trump is looking at their options regarding their relationship with carriers from the Middle East. Members from the National Economic Council, National Security Council and Department of Transportation met with White House advisors to tackle the nation’s Open Skies Agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as US legacy operators continue to raise the issue that Gulf airlines are unfairly subsidized. Sources …

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Delta encourages employees to join in the fight against Middle Eastern airlines

Delta is pushing its employees to push forward in their campaign for sanctions to be slapped on Gulf-based airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar as the row between the major U.S. international airlines and their Middle Eastern counterparts reaches fever pitch. In a 15-minute video that the carrier released, Delta warns employees that unimpeded expansion by the Gulf carriers could lead to disaster for the U.S. aviation industry. “The rules of …

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Oman Air hopes India sticks to open sky policy favouring nearby countries

The Union government’s promise of liberalising India’s flying rights policy has excited the Gulf airlines as they expect an open sky that will help them get more seats. Oman Air on Thursday said the airline was hoping that Indian government would stick to its stated position of following an open sky policy with countries which are located less than 5,000km from India. This will allow the airlines from other countries to operate as many flights. “The Indian government mentioned …

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American Airlines quits codeshare agreements with Etihad and Qatar Airways

American Airlines has put an end to their codeshare agreements with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways in an apparent sign of protest against the allegations of government subsidies the Middle East carriers are receiving. American has already informed the two carriers of the codeshare terminations on June 29. The last valid date of travel using the codeshare will be March 24, 2018. However, a spokesperson from American confirmed that all …

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EU’s proposal to safeguard competition may flush out protectionist complaints against Gulf airlines

by CAPA European aviation regulators have drawn the battle line between those seeking a protectionist response to Gulf competition and those that do not want to see such regulatory backsliding. On 8-Jun-2017 the European Commission published a proposal aimed at safeguarding competition in air transport. This was the highlight among a number of measures adopted by the Commission to progress the Aviation Strategy that it issued in Dec-2015. The Commission proposes …

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Trump administration reconsidering aviation agreements with Middle East airlines

The Trump administration is giving a couple of international aviation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar second thoughts after they were accused of being illegally subsidized by Persian Gulf countries. The Trump administration have been repeatedly urged by the three major US airlines— Delta, United and American — for action on the matter, arguing that they simply offer no match against the deep coffers of the competition. National …

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Major US airlines get congressional backing in battle against Middle Eastern carriers

United States’ airlines United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have found new allies in the fight against Middle East-based carriers as a bipartisan group of 17 members of the Illinois’s congressional delegation have signaled their support in urging US President Donald Trump to crack down on alleged trade violations by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The aforementioned US airlines have made a lot of noise over their …

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IATA chief says aviation growth rate in Middle East is “promising”

In spite of the numerous challenges that besiege the aviation industry in the Middle East, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac says the future is “promising” with the region’s growth rate being the highest and the fastest in the world. “The future of aviation is positive. People want to fly. We expect 7.2bn passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8bn …

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