Office of the Spokesperson
September 18, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry and Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli met on September 17 with American Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Doug Parker and Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson.
The airline executives requested the meeting in order to explain their concerns about alleged subsidies being provided to three Gulf airlines.
Yesterday’s meeting follows several meetings that Under Secretary Novelli and other senior State Department officials have held in recent months with a range of stakeholders representing various positions on the issue, including the CEOs of the Gulf airlines and other U.S. carriers.
Secretary Kerry discussed the importance of the U.S. aviation industry and the U.S. Open Skies international aviation policy, which has expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States, promoted increased travel and trade, and spurred job creation and economic growth.
He also noted that U.S. agencies are continuing to review the U.S. airlines’ subsidy allegations and recommendations for U.S. government action, as well as the views expressed by other stakeholders and members of the public.