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Emirates chief slams US rivals' accusations of subsidies to airlines

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

Emirates has responded angrily to claims by Delta, American Airlines and United over competition
Emirates has responded angrily to claims by Delta, American Airlines and United over competition

Dubai airline Emirates will deliver a "sledgehammer" response to a report compiled by US rivals accusing Gulf airlines of receiving more than €35bn in unfair government subsidies, its president, Tim Clark, said yesterday.

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"Having read the report, you could drive a bulldozer through just about everything... We will deal a sledgehammer to that report as far as Emirates and Dubai is concerned," Mr Clark said.

The airline boss, who previously said he would resign if the report proved accurate, invited the heads of the US carriers making the accusations, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines, to follow suit if they are disproved.

The US alleged in January that Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways received more $40bn (€35.8bn) in state subsidies in the last decade, allowing them to drive down ticket prices and push competitors out of key markets.

More than 250 members of the US Congress signed a letter urging their departments of state and transportation to seek consultations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over the allegations.

Irish Independent

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