Etihad Calls For An End To US Open Skies Row

The CEO of Etihad Airways has urged the US government to keep the existing open skies agreement in place while calling for an end to the row with carriers American, Delta and United.

The CEO of Etihad Airways has urged the US government to keep the existing open skies agreement in place while calling for an end to the row with carriers American, Delta and United.

James Hogan, in response to the US Department of State, emphasised the benefits open skies has to the US economy and stated his wish for the feud to end.

“The campaign against Etihad should end immediately and there is no basis whatsoever for government-to-government consultations under the US–UAE Air Services Agreement,” he said.

The fallout between the US trio and Etihad, along with fellow Gulf carriers Qatar and Emirates, stems from a report published in March alleging the Middle Eastern airlines had received $42bn in state aid since 2004.

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