Huffington Post Op-Ed: More Clouding of Issues in the Gulf Airline Trade Dispute

“I’ve always been bothered by lack of proportion and perspective in matters of public policy, which is why I grimaced a few weeks ago when reading the latest opinion from Kevin Mitchell, founder of the grandly-named Business Travel Coalition. Mr. Mitchell has been a stalwart supporter of the massively-subsidized Gulf airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways, in a two-year-old trade dispute with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and major aviation unions. Those subsidies, which since 2004 have exceeded $50 billion, violate the provisions of the Open Skies aviation agreements between the United States and the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.”

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