Smaller US airports join Gulf open skies debate

32 local and regional airports from across the US have written to the transport secretary and members of congress urging that action be taken to “end the flow of unfair subsidiaries” to Gulf carriers.

New Orleans, Richmond and Williamsburg International Airports are among 32 local and regional airports from across the US that have written to the transport secretary and members of congress urging that action be taken to “end the flow of unfair subsidiaries” to Gulf carriers.

The airports have joined the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, which is calling on the US authorities to open talks with the Qatari and UAE governments to address benefits which it claims are “distorting the marketplace and undermining Open Skies policy”.

The group argues: “These unfair subsidies, which, if allowed to continue, will result in the US carriers losing their ability to serve small and medium-size markets across the country and have devastating consequences for local airports, businesses and communities.”

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