United Airlines Employees to Protest Emirates’ New Athens-Newark Route

By Paul Riegler on 10 March 2017
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A United plane taking off from Newark

A United plane taking off from Newark

United Airlines employees will rally in protest on Sunday with politicians and labor leaders over the start of new service by Emirates Airline linking the New York area with Athens, Greece.

The demonstration, organized by the airline, is being held to call attention to the possible loss of aviation jobs in the New York metropolitan area that the Athens flight and other similar new routes could cause.

The new flight, slated to begin Sunday, has called attention to the fight with U.S. airlines that contend that the Gulf carrier is unfairly subsidized by its government. The flight extends current service offered by Emirates connecting Athens with Dubai.

Earlier in the week, 25 congressmen from the New York area wrote President Trump urging him to block the Athens-Newark service. “While we support expanding flight options, we do not support subsidy-enabled flights that cost American jobs and could violate U.S. trade agreements,” they said in the letter.

Emirates as well as two other Gulf airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, deny they are subsidized and point out they offer service to destinations underserved by U.S. airlines.

“This rally will represent all United employees, here in Newark and around the country,“ United’s vice president for its Newark hub, Rick Hoefling, told Frequent Business Traveler late Friday. “Together, we call on the Trump Administration to enforce our international agreements and stand up for U.S. aviation workers.”

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