European airlines try to protect their area
October 13th, 2010 by elisa

European airlines are working together to prevent the global expansion of rivals from the Arabian Gulf according to reports in The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi.

“Europe is at the crossroads of international air travel, and this is a role we need to value and defend,” Air France’s chief executive, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told Bloomberg.

“What we’re telling the authorities is that we need a strategy that gives us a chance to resist.”

Other European airlines are also lobbying their governments to end export credit rules that benefit Middle Eastern airlines, such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The European airlines have also sought to limit the competitive expansion of the three carriers by asking their governments to oppose additional landing slots.

Executives from Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa will shortly attend a meeting of the Association of European Airlines to discuss a joint push with US rivals for a change to the export-guarantee regime.

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