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United States: Elimination of income tax exemptions for certain airlines being floated

A United States congressional proposal that would take away income tax exemptions for specific airlines could impact major carriers from the Gulf, potentially making an already tense situation between U.S. airlines and their Middle East rivals, even worse. U.S. carriers have long expressed their desire for the federal government to step in in what they perceive to be unfair competition by the three major Gulf airlines. The proposal, which is …

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Delta reports campaign to enforce Open Skies agreements gaining traction

Delta announced that their fight to enforce Open Skies agreements with both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates has gained ground following two milestones this past week, “with actions by Congress and Delta employees alike reaching impressive new thresholds.” The US carrier declared that 300 members of the Congress have already written to the Trump administration, urging it to tackle “the more than $50 billion in unfair subsidies that the …

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US Lawmakers urge trump to crack whip on Gulf carriers

Lawmakers in Congress are urging United President Donald Trump to crack the whip on Gulf airlines that are allegedly pocketing billions of dollars in state subsidies. 300 members have, in a series of letters, asked the White House to take a closer look into what they perceive to be violations of international Open Skies agreements by Gulf carriers Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates. The U.S. aviation industry has long …

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ICAO Secretary General lauds progress in aviation safety made by Middle East

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu praised the improvements made by the Middle East with regards to aviation safety. Speaking from the gathering of aviation leaders from all over the world in Muscat, Oman, Liu lauded the region’s immense growth: “The ICAO Middle East (MID) region has been the fastest growing region for passenger and cargo traffic since 2011, and airlines here have posted double-digit passenger …

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Kuwait DGCA emphasizes importance of pushing back EU regulation on fair competition

Kuwait’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Yousef Al-Fouzan urged Arabs to rebuff a recent European Union regulation that seeks to secure fair competition between European and international airline companies. Speaking from the sidelines of the Arab league’s special gathering held in Cairo, Egypt, Al-Fouzan spoke of EU’s regulation No 868/2004, which seeks to promote fair competition in civil aviation. Al-Fouzan bared that the meeting would discuss and review the …

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UAE Ambassador to the United States pays visit to Boeing facility, stresses benefits of “Open Skies” agreement

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, recently paid a visit to the Charleston-area Boeing facility whose employees would build the 500 airplanes UAE carriers ordered. During the visit, Al Otaiba spotlighted the many mutual benefits of the commercial aviation sector and of the UAE-US “Open Skies” aviation agreement to both countries. “With more than 500 aircraft purchased or on order, UAE airlines continue …

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Ministerial Conference in Egypt endorses new Aviation Security Roadmap for Africa and the Middle East

A Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security that was recently held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt yielded positive results as it endorsed a new Aviation Security Roadmap for Africa and the Middle East, to align future programs and targets with the International Civil Aviation Organization‘s (ICAO) new Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu addressed the 27 Ministers and 35 Directors General of Civil Aviation …

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ICAO junks Qatar complaint, asserts will remain neutral in dispute

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has informed Qatar that it would remain unbiased in its diplomatic row with the Arab Quartet. The UN agency however, welcomed the development of emergency routes. In a statement, ICAO “acknowledged the existence of political issues that ought to be tackled by the concerned countries at the appropriate international platform, rather than in the ICAO”. The response comes on the heels of Qatar’s complaint …

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Corporate executives urge US Secretary of State to keep aviation pacts with Gulf nations

Supporters of Middle Eastern airlines claim that major United States carriers cannot prove that new flight routes come at the cost of American jobs. This, they declared during a half-hour meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Opening talks with the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar over trade claims could hurt travel and tourism and urge other countries to take actions against the U.S. “with some …

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Texas lawmakers press Trump administration to act on subsidized foreign airlines

Nearly the entire congressional delegation from Texas has banded together to call for the Trump administration to do something about foreign airlines that are competing with United States airlines under international “Open Skies” pacts using subsidies from their governments. The lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Trump cabinet members, and pointed out the “anticompetitive practices” of three subsidized Middle Eastern carriers – Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, …

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