Release #14.31
April 10, 2014

ALPA Concurs with Italian Challenge to Emirates’ Nonstop Milan—New York Route

WASHINGTON—Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement regarding a decision by Italian regional administrative court TAR Lazio, stating the Italian Civil Aviation Authority improperly granted permission to Emirates Airline to operate its non-stop route between Milan and New York.

“We applaud TAR Lazio for determining that Emirates Airlines’ nonstop route between Milan and New York, that offers no additional benefits to travelers, is improper. The attempt by Emirates Airline to oversaturate a route that is already well-served by U.S. and Italian carriers is a clear step in the long-term strategy by a heavily supported, state-owned foreign airline to undercut U.S. airlines and hurt U.S. jobs.

“Just as TAR Lazio has taken the initiative to ensure a fair and level playing field for Italian carriers, ALPA calls on the U.S. government to make aviation policy decisions that advance the U.S. airline industry—not harm it.”

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