U.S. carriers say government aid is giving Gulf airlines an unfair advantage.
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U.S. airlines have spent three years pleading for federal action to curb fast-growing Gulf carriers, claiming their rivals benefit from billions of dollars in unfair government aid.But now, a group of lawmakers is offering a more modest solution: vetting those claims through a decades-old Department of Transportation process created to prevent foreign governments from meddling in airline competition. The U.S. airlines have lobbied both the Obama and Trump administrations to intervene on their behalf.Other airline companies, including JetBlue Airways Corp. and FedEx Corp., and U.S. hotel and gaming businesses have contested the legacy carriers arguments, the lawmakers say in their letter.
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