The United Arab Emirates' al-Fursan (The Knights) National Aerobatic team performs with smoke in the colours of the UAE flag during the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018, at Al-Bateen Executive Airport on February 26, 2018. / AFP / NEZAR BALOUT
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European countries should look at the broader economic benefits of increased Gulf travel rather than focusing on the fate of national airlines, a senior UAE official said ahead of open skies negotiations with the European Union.The economic bloc also has a mandate to negotiate with UAE, but is waiting for it to clarify certain matters before formally launching negotiations, an EU source said.Emirates Airline was by far the biggest buyer of Airbus A380 airplanes, which secured jobs in Hamburg and elsewhere, and had helped stave off a halt in A380 production, al-Ahmed said, adding that travellers from the Gulf also accounted for a large number of tourists in Bavaria.He urged hotels, tourist businesses and others to help advocate for increased Gulf traffic into and out of Europe as it made no sense to sacrifice the broader economic gains just to protect national carriers, he said.
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