Emirates boss slams US airlines over ‘unfounded’ competition claims

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 11 Jul 2017, 21:52:01
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Emirates boss slams US airlines over ‘unfounded’ competition claims

Emirates boss slams US airlines over ‘unfounded’ competition claims
DUBAI, July 11 (EIN News): Emirates Airline boss has come down heavily on the three US airlines, which have waged a long war against Gulf carriers, saying that the troika's record profits and all-time high employment in the country's aviation point to "the total absence of alleged competitive harm".

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates said "Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and their proxies continually pour money in to lobby and make unfounded accusations against Emirates, but they have never filed a formal US Department of Transportation complaint against Emirates, even though this is the statutory process long relied on by US airlines to address allegations of unfair competition. That itself is telling."

"Sitting on record profits and with employment in US aviation at an all-time high, the three carriers know they don't have a leg to stand on. Evidence repeatedly points to the benefits that Emirates bring to US consumers and the economy, and the total absence of alleged competitive harm," he added in a statement sent out to the media.

The Dubai-based airline said supported more than 104,000 American jobs and contributed $21.3 billion in revenue to the US economy, including $10.5bn to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and $6.4bn of labor income in 2015, citing a study conducted by consulting firm Campbell-Hill Aviation Group.

"Campbell-Hill's data reaffirms the significant stimulative effect of Emirates' operations on the US economy. It shows we've brought hundreds of thousands of new travelers to the United States, helped increase competitive air transport options for over a million American and international travelers who flew with us, and contributed to increased demand for US exports in aerospace and many other sectors," Clark said.

"Over more than a decade, Emirates has progressively grown cargo and passenger operations in the US on the back of customer demand, and we will continue working with our partners across the travel, tourism, aviation, aerospace and other industries, to expand and improve the products and services that we offer to our customers."
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