Emirates slashes fares on routes to US, rekindling Open Skies tension

Emirates is cutting fares on US routes in a move likely to stoke fresh tensions with American rivals.

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Emirates said on Wednesday that it would offer special fares across 12 US destinations. Kamran Jebreili / AP Photo

Emirates is cutting fares on US routes in a move likely to stoke fresh tensions with American rivals.

It comes just two days after Emirates announced it would start a new daily service from Dubai to Newark Liberty International Airport via the Greek capital of Athens.

That announcement drew swift criticism from the US airlines group that has been lobbying against the expansion of regional carriers in the US.

“By flagrantly violating its Open Skies agreement with the United States at the start of the Trump administration, Emirates is throwing down the gauntlet,” Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, told Bloomberg. “We look forward to working with President Trump and his team to enforce these agreements and protect American jobs – something that the Obama administration failed to do.”

Emirates and other regional carriers have been embroiled in a long-running feud with their US rivals who accuse them of benefitting from unfair state subsidies – a claim that the Arabian Gulf carriers have denied.

Emirates said on Wednesday that it would offer special fares across 12 US destinations with economy return fares starting from Dh3,560 to New York and Dh3,660 to Fort Lauderdale.

Emirates operates 17 daily flights to the US and has partnerships with Alaskan Airlines and JetBlue. More info

By   thenational.ae

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