Delta plans to end Dubai services

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By admin October 29, 2015 21:17

Delta plans to end Dubai services

Delta will no longer fly between Atlanta and Dubai, effective from February 11, 2016. The airline has cited “overcapacity on U.S. routes to the Middle East operated by government-owned and heavily subsidized airlines” for the move, which comes less than a month after Delta reduced service between the world’s busiest airport and the Middle East’s largest hub.

The 777 aircraft used to operate ATL-DXB will be redeployed to other Trans-Atlantic markets where, Delta says, “it can compete on a level playing field that’s not distorted by subsidized state-owned airlines.”

In a press release Delta shared statistics that show “between 2008 and 2014, about 11,000 daily seats were added between the U.S. and Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi – more than 95 percent of which are flown by Gulf carriers Emirates, Qatar and Etihad airlines. Of the 14 daily flights between the U.S. and Dubai, only two are operated by U.S. carriers. Despite the increase in passengers traveling on these flights, the number of journeys that actually originate or end in the Gulf has essentially remained flat.”

Delta, along with American and United through the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, has asked the U.S. government to open consultations with Qatar and the UAE to address the issue of $42 billion in government subsidies given to the Gulf carriers, which violate the Open Skies agreements between the U.S. and those nations. In August, the Partnership submitted a nearly 400-page document to the U.S. government clearly outlining the harm subsidized Gulf carriers are doing to U.S. airlines.

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By admin October 29, 2015 21:17