Speaking at a conference in Helsinki, Hamid Mamdouh, director of trade in services at the World Trade Organization (WTO) reiterated the fact that the airline industry is excluded from WTO rules governing global trade in services and so would not become involved in the current, ongoing row between US airlines and Gulf carriers. The European Commission is considering how to deal with the topic of fair competition as part of a revision of its aviation policy, due for release in December.

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