Anger at Emirates’ Dubai-Athens-New York

Route violates US aviation agreement, airlines say
Emirates’ news that it will fly to the United States with a stopover in Greece has provoked a strong reaction by a lobby group representing US airlines.
The world’s biggest long-haul airline says it will launch daily flights to Newark via Athens on March 12.
But the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, which represents airlines such as Delta, argues that Emirates is “flagrantly violating” the air services agreement that allows it to fly to the US.
Dubai-Athens-Newark would be the Middle Eastern airline’s second ‘fifth freedom’ flight to the United States after an existing Dubai-Milan-New York route, besides also operating three daily direct Dubai-New York flights. Fifth freedom rights allow an airline to fly via third countries.
The lobby group accuses Emirates of competing unfairly using state subsidies and says it will discuss the matter with the new Trump administration to “protect American jobs”.


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