Emirates supported more than 104,000 American jobs and contributed $21.3 billion in revenue to the US economy, according to a new study by aviation consultants Campbell-Hill Aviation Group.
Released on the 25th anniversary of the first Open Skies agreement signed by the US, the objective of the study was to quantify the annual economic impact Emirates has on the US economy in 2015, a statement said.
The report said Emirates brought over 580,000 new travellers to the US who otherwise would not have travelled there, and generated $3.2 billion of new trade-based revenue.
It added that indirect spending within the US by newly stimulated passengers combined with new merchandise and service trade created approximately 30,000 jobs, and $4.6 billion of new revenues for US businesses, including $1.7 billion of labour income and $2.5 billion of GDP.
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.”
Clark added: “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.”
Dr Brian Campbell, principal at Campbell-Hill Aviation Group, said: “Our research shows how Emirates’ presence in the US and the air connectivity it provides generates significant economic growth by increasing the free flow of international travel and trade.”
Since launching its initial service to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport in 2004, the airline today flies more than 135 weekly passenger and cargo flights serving 14 US gateways.
Emirates also purchases more US-based Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft than any other company in the world and has 163 Boeing 777 aircraft in its fleet and another 171 on order.
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