While oil-rich emirs subsidizing global air traffic might seem harmless, or even advantageous, their actions have serious consequences.USA Today, 22 March 2015

  In March of 2015, a 250+ page report was published revealing more than €39 billion in subsidies that directly violated the air transport agreements the United States holds with the UAE and Qatar, as well as 113 other countries.

Since the release of this white paper, a battle has been waged to get the U.S. government to take action against these subsidies. A majority of the United States’ nationally elected representatives have called for action, as have airlines, labour groups, airports, and business groups.

The U.S. government has yet to take action on these subsidies. As they delay their response, the three subsidized national carriers of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways, have dumped capacity into the United States, adding routes, and increasing frequencies and seats on already established routes.

Learn more about the subsidized Gulf carriers:


Emirates, the national airline of Dubai, has collected subsidies from their government for years. Learn the different ways they have collected subsidies from the United Arab Emirates.

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is the state-owned airline of Abu Dhabi. Take a guess, how much do you think they have received in subsidized support from their government??

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Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways never had to depend on profits to keep their airline in business. When funds are running low, they can depend on a check from their government. Who else is going to buy all of those A350s?

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