Open and Fair Skies

Subsidized Expansion by Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates Threatens U.S. Airline Jobs

These subsidies are in violation of Open Skies policy

Over the last decade alone, Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates have received more than $42 billion in subsidies and other unfair benefits from the governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, according to well-respected forensic accounting firms. The three carriers’ routes to the U.S. have not meaningfully increased passenger traffic; they only serve to displace U.S. airline market share and offshore good U.S. aviation jobs. Every lost international route by U.S. carriers means hundreds of U.S. aviation jobs are lost or offshored.

Massive Subsidies Undermine Fair Competition

In the News

Press Release  |  April 30, 2015
Bipartisan Letter Sent by 262 Members of Congress Expresses Concern over Middle East Airline Subsidies

Press Release |  April 21, 2015
Statement on the Release of Gulf Carriers' Financial Records

Op-Ed  |  April 15, 2015
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