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U.S. Airlines and Qatar Airways Meet with President Trump to Pursue Stronger Deal

Executives from America's largest airlines met with President Trump and Vice President Pence on Thursday in Washington D.C. with the hopes of encouraging a more substantial deal governing the behavior of the Middle Eastern Gulf carriers, according to Fox Business. The meeting came as the U.S. carriers had accused Qatar Airways of illegally receiving subsidies to bolster its bottom line and prop up unprofitable services, which the airlines claim represents unfair business practices by making it impossible for fair competition.…

Argentina and U.S. Lift Restrictions on Frequencies and Capacity

The United States and Argentina yesterday ratified a new amendment to the bilateral 1985 Air Transport Services Agreement immediately lifting previously established reciprocity restrictions. The new agreement between U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Argentinian Minister of Transportation Guillermo Dietrich liberalizes the U.S.-Argentina to the extent that any U.S.…

U.K. and U.S. Conclude Post-Brexit Open Skies Agreement

The British government this week announced a new bilateral Open Skies aviation agreement with the United States, concluding a protracted process and giving a degree of certainty to U.K. carriers of a continuation of operations between the two countries post-Brexit. The agreement will not replace the current Open Skies agreement…

While Uncertainty Looms, Low-Cost Carriers Continue Preparing for Brexit

The United Kingdom and the European Union will be going their separate ways next spring, leaving many to wonder how airlines are preparing for potential changes. While both sides have already agreed to a transitional period to renegotiate air traffic rules until 2020, Ryanair and Easyjet are not taking this…

Qatar Airways Open to Codeshare Discussions with American Airlines

Despite the ongoing dispute between the big three airlines of Gulf nations in the Middle East and the U.S. airlines regarding the Open Skies agreement and the issue of government subsidies, Qatar Airways has announced that it is open to the idea of resuming codeshare operations with American Airlines. Qatar…

Brazil Moves Forward with U.S. Open Skies Approval, but Not…

The Open Skies Agreement between the United States and Brazil has moved closer to reality due to recent approval from the Congress of Brazil’s lower house. While this agreement still requires ratification from the Brazilian Senate, the approval from the lower house carves a slightly clearer path for a joint…

Consultant Study Highlights Emirates’ $21.3 Billion Contribution to U.S. Economy

On the 25th anniversary of the first Open Skies agreement signed by the U.S. State Department, Emirates released a public statement showing that it has helped support more than 104,000 American jobs as well as contributed $21.3 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015. The study was completed by Campbell-Hill…

Norwegian Announces Double-Digit Growth for May

Norwegian Air Shuttle transported more than 2.9 million passengers across their route network in May, a year-over-year increase of 11 percent, also a small slowing of growth in comparison to April’s 15 percent growth. This factor was achieved through a load factor of 86.5 percent, virtually identical to April’s 86.6…