Executives from Middle East carriers to clash U.S., European airlines in Miami

Published on : Monday, June 8, 2015

airplane-perfectThe major airline executives from the Middle East, U.S. and Europe are all set for a face-to-face battle over a multi-billion dollar market access in Miami this week. The argument over subsidy claims and blocking further market access is gradually heating up according to latest reports. The traffic rights into the U.S. and Europe along with the billion dollar aircraft orders to Boeing and Airbus are at stake.



The three major U.S. carriers—Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines—and Europe’s Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa, have urged their governments to block further market access to a trio of Middle East carriers they accuse of receiving $42 billion in government backing. The subsidies allow them to compete unfairly, the critics charge. Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways deny they are subsidized and say their rivals have received hefty handouts.



Airline executives from more than 150 carriers have gathered in Miami for the annual meeting of the IATA amid the intensifying situation between the Gulf carriers and the major U.S. airlines.



The German carrier, Lufthansa has long argued for curbing the growth of the Persian gulf rival and the support from the U.S. airline have strengthen their decision.

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One Response to Executives from Middle East carriers to clash U.S., European airlines in Miami

  1. Bruno VAN DEN BOSSCHE says:

    Being a travel professional I must sadly state that the European Airlines are on the wrong track … instead of giving us reasons to promote them and supply them with business, they are doing everything to make travel agents’ lives miserable … they hide behind complicated tax systems that nobody understands, they “shit” in our boots when we want to work with them, they aim at taking our clients away from us, we can only talk to machines as “humans” have disappeared, they are all flirting with the desolated concept of low cost no frills airlines, losing their own identify.
    Sadly I have to say that airlines such as Emirates, Qatar, Etihad are 100% the opposite and that working with them is a real pleasure.
    I am very sad not to have a “real” airline in Europe to work with …

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