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Gulf, US 'working together amicably' over open skies dispute

UAE Economy Minister expecting positive result within months – report

Gulf, US 'working together amicably' over open skies dispute
UAE Economy Minister, Sultan Saeed Al Mansouri. (Getty Images)

The two sides in the open skies dispute are “working together amicably”, with a positive result expected within months, it has been reported.

Government representatives met with US officials in Washington DC to discuss accusations from three US airlines that the Gulf carriers had been competing unfairly.

Another meeting is expected to take place in the coming months, reported Gulf News.

“We are working together amicably,” said UAE Economy Minister Sultan Saeed Al Mansouri after a visiting to the Etihad Airways’ innovation centre in Abu Dhabi. “We had a positive meeting with the American side with a vision to resolve the issues as we move on.

“What will determine the whole thing is the open skies policy agreement that we have with them. The UAE did not violate that agreement and this is what we came up together as an agreement between the two sides.”

The three major US airlines, Delta, United and American, have submitted a white paper to the US government outlining allegations of more than $42 billion in subsidies to Emirates Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

The Gulf carriers denied the allegations and said that they are doing business in a fair manner without any support from the government.

The US elections could impact the length of the talks, Al Mansouri admitted.