EU And Asean Aspire To An Open-Skies Treaty

By Cathy Buyck
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 24, 2014

Legacy airlines in Europe and Asia have long recognized the Persian Gulf carriers as a major threat. Now the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are exploring an open-skies agreement that they hope will help defend their position and stop leakage of traffic to the three big Middle East hub airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

The initiative comes amidst continuing pressure on the European Commission (EC) from a number of European network airlines, in particular the Lufthansa Group, to restrict the rapid expansion to the EU of the Persian Gulf carriers, which are heavily subsidized and create an unfair playing field, they say.

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