Thursday, 2 November 2017

Etihad To End Dallas Fort Worth Service

Etihad Airways has confimed today that it will put an end to its Dallas - Fort Worth service with effect of 25th March next year. The gulf airline is calling a halt to the service that has carried more than 235,000 passengers since it started in 2014 as a direct result of American Airlines terminating a code-share agreement.

The disoloution of the deal between the two airlines puts the route into the “commercially unsustainable” area and therefore left Etihad “with no choice but to suspend flights” the chief executive Peter Baumgartner said today.  “The cancellation of the Dallas route is one of several adjustments that we are making to our U.S. network in 2018 in order to improve system profitability,” he added.

Industry commentators are warning there could be big changes ahead to the rest of Etihad USA routes of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

American Airlines has spent more than $7 million on lobbying the US Government and various senators to investigate allegations of state subsidies at Etihad and other major Gulf carriers, desp[ite American previously benefitting from taxbreask and other subsidies. All of the Gulf carriers deny the allegations repeatedly. 

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