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Qatar Airways could quit oneworld over subsidies row

Airline boss says there may be no point in staying

Qatar Airways could quit oneworld over subsidies row
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker (Getty Images)

Qatar Airways could quit the oneworld alliance it joined just two years ago, in the on-going row over subsidies.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “There is no point us being in oneworld if an airline that invited us, hosted us in America to sign the entry to oneworld, is today against us.”

Qatar Airways was the first Gulf airline to join the alliance in October 2013. However since then relations between Gulf and US carriers have worsened, with many US airlines claiming Gulf carriers receive billions of dollars in government subsidies.

According to Doha News, Al Baker pushed the subject to the top of the agenda at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) meeting in Miami this week.

US carriers have claimed that Qatar Airways has received $16.5bn in government subsidies since 2004.

In a separate move, the paper also said that Lufthansa could impose new restrictions on flights from Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates into Germany.

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