Huffington Post Op-Ed: The Gulf Airlines’ U.S. Supporters Continue to Flail

“In explaining the more than two-year-old trade dispute between the massively subsidized Gulf airlines (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways) and U.S. network airlines American, Delta, and United, I’ve often called out the illogical, irrelevant, and just plain sloppy arguments from the Gulf carriers and their U.S. supporters. It’s a long list of deliberate misstatements that merely muddy what is a very clear case. The huge government subsidies and unfair benefits, totaling more than $50 billion proven since 2004, mean Gulf airlines are violating the terms of the Open Skies agreements that give them unfettered access to the U.S. market – and in so doing threaten the good jobs of U.S. airline employees, airline suppliers, and host communities.”

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