U.S. Airlines Say Emirates Benefited from Government Support
The three largest U.S. airlines said that the United Arab Emirates provided billions of dollars in government subsidies to build an airport for the sole benefit of its own airline, Emirates.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, speaking through a coalition founded by the three, Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, said that the UAE had spent $7.8 billion to build a new, 11-story terminal at Dubai International Airport, according to what Emirates reportedly told U.S. regulators.
The partnership claims that the subsidy violates Open Skies policy.
It also cited instances where Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways received subsidies from their respective governments as well as transactions that the three Gulf carriers entered into in order to reportedly create the appearance of profitability.
The partnership filed papers with the U.S. government alleging that these activities harm U.S. workers.
Earlier this week, in a filing with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the three airlines said that the Persian Gulf carriers had caused significant declines in their passenger volume on routes to the Middle East and Asia.
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