By Staff writer
Director-general of UAE civil aviation authority insists Gulf carriers have not breached Open Skies agreements with US
The UAE hopes to resolve the ongoing dispute between US and Gulf airlines by the end of this year, the director-general of the General Civil Aviation Authority said this week.
The three biggest US airlines claim Gulf carriers received $42 billion of government subsidies that has given them an unfair advantage in the market.
Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director-general of General Civil Aviation Authority in the UAE, told reporters that he was confident that since Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways did not breach any article of the civil aviation agreement with the US, the issue would be resolved within this year.
Al Suwaidi was speaking on the sidelines of an event in Abu Dhabi organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and United Nations Office for Outer Space.
“I am sure that our operation is within the agreement that we have with the United States. We haven’t broken any article in that agreement,” local media quoted him as saying.
He said he thought a resolution could be reached by the end of the year but did not provide a specific timeline.
The Gulf carriers deny the subsidies allegations.