In the latest saga of US airlines going to the federal government for protection from competition by Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, they’re getting ahead of themselves.
They’ve not even made a credible case that Gulf airlines are more subsidized than they are. But they’ve already turned to remedies.
Potential changes to US Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates could involve new rules on price-lowering and capacity-dumping, Delta Air Lines chief executive Richard Anderson said.
…”We’re in the process of answering questions (from the US government),” Anderson said, “and the end result needs to be like the Chinese steel case or agricultural cases that the US frequently brings (to the WTO), where you come up with remedies that will address a subsidy.”
Make no mistake, the attacks by Delta, American, and United on Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are about:
- Keeping airline ticket prices high
- Making sure you don’t have a choice to buy tickets from airlines other than them.
It’s about restricting consumer choice and raising price. Delta’s CEO says so himself. And that will prevent US airlines from becoming better and more competitive.