US airline CEOs ask to meet with Tillerson on Gulf carriers

February 2, 2017 22:10

NEW YORK - The CEO's of the three largest US airlines have asked to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss allegations that Gulf-state subsidies are allowing Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways to expand rapidly, drive down prices and crowd out competition on key routes - accusations those carriers deny.

The chief executives of American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and Delta Air Lines Inc asked for the meeting in a letter posted online.

The Obama administration convened talks on the topic but did not make the progress US airlines expected, Delta has said.

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