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Bombshell Report Shows Big Airlines Fight Open Competition

Posted on April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella issued the following statement April 8 on a Congressional Research Service report, unearthed by the Business Travel Coalition via WikiLeaks, finding that U.S. airlines received $155 billion in federal subsidies between 1919 and 1998:

“The Big Three U.S. airlines have constructed themselves an enormous glass house, and their amnesia about their own subsidies has now cost them the credibility of their own core argument for breaking Open Skies agreements."

U.S. Travel Association press release here

WikiLeaks document release

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