Delta EVP Calls For Talks Between US And Gulf

Delta Air Lines’ executive vice-president and chief legal officer Ben Hirst has urged the US government to open talks with authorities in Qatar and the UAE over alleged subsidies.

Delta Air Lines’ executive vice-president and chief legal officer Ben Hirst has urged the US government to open talks with authorities in Qatar and the UAE over alleged subsidies.

Speaking at CAPA’s Americas Aviation Summit, Hirst said that talks were needed to address the flow of “subsidised” capacity into the US and that the issue – which has been the source of much comment by both sides in recent weeks – went to the heart of US trade policy.

While telling delegates that he expected the issue to be resolved in the next two to three years, he also argued that Gulf carriers were distorting markets such as India, which was why US operators did not have a significant presence in the region.

According to reports from CAPA, Hirst said that Gulf carriers “were not stimulating traffic growth in these markets and are instead drawing traffic from other carriers”.

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