Victory for Gulf airlines as US government ends Open Skies row with no further action
The US government says talks over the Open Skies policy with Arabian Gulf carriers were constructive and ended without any formal action.
The US State Department held talks with Qatar government officials on Monday and with the UAE the week before over charges leveled more than a year ago by the three largest US airlines alleging the Gulf carriers were competing unfairly. The State Department said, however, that while it looked seriously at the allegations it has taken no formal action.
The talks had been arranged for some time to address the concerns raised by the three biggest US carriers - American, United and Delta Air Lines - but the Obama administration had indicated that it was unlikely to take any formal action.
The heart of the US airlines’ claim was that the Gulf airlines were heavily subsidised by their host governments, charges that were robustly countered over the past year.
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