American Airlines said Wednesday, it is ending its code-share relationships with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, as part of its push against government subsidies of Middle Eastern carriers.

American notified Doha-based Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, of its decision on Jun 29, to end the “code-share” partnership — the sharing of a flight by two carriers.

Maintaining the programme “no longer (makes) sense for us,” an American Airlines spokesman said.

“This decision has no material financial impact on American, and is an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments.”

Qatar Airways said in Jun, it wanted to buy as much as a 10 percent stake in American Airlines, which caught the US carrier by surprise.

Foreign policy experts viewed the move, as an attempt by Qatar, to garner foreign support, amid a diplomatic clash between Qatar and four neighbouring Arab states, including Saudi Arabia.

American — along with fellow US carriers, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines — have called for the White House, to crack down on an alleged $50 billion, in state subsidies, to Middle East carriers.

The US companies say, the home-country financial backing, allow the airlines to illegally compete in the US market

Source: NAM News Network