Monday, April 27, 2015

Report: Carriers from Middle East, China pose competitive threat

By Gregory Karp Chicago Tribune contact the reporter

APRIL 27, 2015

The recent high-profile fight about whether three Persian Gulf airlines get unfair government subsidies highlights the next stage of competition in the global airline business, with head-spinning growth not only by Gulf carriers but Chinese ones too, according to a research report released Monday. The big three U.S. airlines, Chicago-based United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have sorted out the domestic market and are "spooked" by what they see as they look for growth in international travel, said the report by aviation data provider OAG, which has its headquarters for the Americas in Downers Grove.