Why Trump Needs to Tackle the Subsidized Foreign Carrier Issue

President Trump presided over an extraordinary meeting in the Oval Office earlier this month. The heads of most major U.S. airlines sat down with both Trump and vice president Mike Pence to air their grievances. The U.S. carriers believe some Middle Eastern airlines are unfairly competing with them. Specifically, they complained about Qatar Airways, which

Trump and Emir Must Clear the Air on Open Skies

Qatar’s “devious scheme to violate its Open Skies agreement with the United States” should have been a topic of discussion during Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamin bin Kamad’s recent visit to the White House. Even though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has the issue covered, National Center Senior Fellow Drew Johnson says that Qatar “is making Congress and the

Trump must hold Qatar accountable for violating the Open Skies agreement

Last week, President Trump hosted Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, at the White House. The two leaders discussed Middle East security and peacekeeping efforts, and celebrated a Qatar Airways agreement to purchase five American-made Boeing 777 cargo planes. While the order is good news for beleaguered Boeing, which is still reeling from the crashes and groundings of

Airline CEOs: Subsidized Gulf airlines are violating trade agreements, threatening US jobs

For decades, the U.S. aviation industry has served as an economic engine in every state, creating jobs for millions of Americans and building business opportunities across a wide range of industries. We’re proud that the three airlines we lead are an integral part of this story. But in recent years, two foreign countries have thrown a wrench into this


The US economy is a behemoth. With an estimated $21.06 trillion gross domestic product, no other country on the planet can match our overall economic strength—without cheating, anyway. Unfortunately, some countries do cheat. One of the principle ways that other countries unfairly undermine and attack our economy—and therefore American jobs—is by heavily subsidizing their own industries to

President Trump Needs to Hold Qatar Accountable for Cheating on Open Skies

The administration is rolling out the red carpet for Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during his visit to Washington. Among the items on the agenda, dinner at the Treasury Department on Monday, organized by Secretary Steve Mnuchin, which President Trump attended. Trump has a meeting with the Emir on Tuesday.  There’s much to

Newt Gingrich: US Expects Results From Qatar on Airline Actions

President Donald Trump, while meeting with Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Washington on Tuesday, must inform him that the United States expects “results, not just words” on its actions towards the airline industry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday. “Qatar has been deliberately undercutting and acting in ways that make it

Qatar Airways Subsidies Continue to Undermine Competition in Vital Transatlantic Routes

Commercial aviation in international markets has never come under the disciplines of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is instead loosely governed under a system of bilateral and sometimes regional “Open Skies” agreements which embody rules establishing mutually beneficial rights for services between signatory countries. The U.S. has over 120 separate agreements which generally promote

For Trump, an Opportunity to Defend American Workers

One of the key reasons many workers across the country supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election was his willingness to call out countries that violate U.S. trade agreements. For far too long, the United States has been unwilling to enforce its trade deals — and as a result, the U.S. airline industry is under

When Open Skies Mean Broken Windows

The sociologist James Q. Wilson is famed for the “broken windows” school of policing.  Small signs of disorder quickly lead to chaos on a greater scale, he reasoned. His theory holds that broken windows should be quickly fixed, fresh graffiti immediately painted over, and even seemingly small offenses like jumping subway stiles should be policed

Trouble for CNN over terror nation ties to TV analysts

A report highlighted by Donald Trump Jr. that some CNN national security analysts have undisclosed ties to a Middle Eastern nation that sponsors terrorism threatens to undercut the network’s support among Democrats and independents, according to a new survey. A poll of six battleground states found that likely voters, especially Democrats, believe the report, the

Air Italy plans North American growth despite US protests

Air Italy plans to announce at least two additional North American destinations for the summer of 2020, as the airline expands transatlantic service despite opposition from US legacy carriers. The carrier also hopes to unveil its first US interline partner later this year, chief operating officer Rossen Dimitrov tells FlightGlobal. He declines to specify the new

Enforce the Open Skies Act

President Trump is in the middle of a growing number of trade disputes. On Sunday, he promised to dramatically raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods if a trade deal isn’t completed by this Friday. But while the Trump trade threats over tariffs steal the headlines, the Trump administration will soon have to make