For more than a decade, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have used massive state subsidies to predatorily expand the international networks of their state-owned airlines- in direct and flagrant violation of the agreements allowing them to fly into countries like the United States in the first place.
One year ago, both Qatar and the UAE agreed to greater financial transparency, an end to their illegal subsidy practices & market distorting tactics, and a freeze on new routes into the United States until the subsidy issue had been resolved.
Has that happened? NO.
Qatar Airways quickly invested in failing Italian regional carrier Meridiana, rebranded it as Air Italy, and announced the launch of service to the US via Italy. Six North American gateways have been announced in the past year alone. They will be operated on Qatar Airways owned airplanes until the almost FIFTY long haul aircraft Air Italy has ordered since Qatar Airways’ investment are delivered. And both Qatar Airways and Emirates have announced increased frequency/ larger aircraft service on a number of routes between the US and their hubs while the US waits on documentation and increased transparency from both airlines- two things yet to be seen.
It is time for the Trump Administration to act. Join us in asking President Trump and the US Government to hold Qatar and the UAE accountable by signing our petition below.