Focus: Gulf airlines face looming growth threat from 'protectionist' Trump government

Election of Donald Trump, one-time owner of now-defunct East Coast airline Trump Shuttle, to the US presidency could revive nationalistic attitudes to air access

Already fragile ties between US and Gulf carriers could weaken with the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States this week, analysts have warned.

An ongoing campaign by the three biggest US carriers claiming Gulf airlines’ global expansion has breached Open Skies policies has so far failed to deter Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. All have launched new flights to the US in the past 12 months.

The US carriers, American, United and Delta Air Lines, claim their Middle East rivals have received $42 billion in government subsidies to unfairly spur their growth.

Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have repeatedly denied the claims, while talks with the US government in June aimed at resolving the dispute were reported to have been “constructive” and ended without any...Read more...