Team shortlist11 Jul 2017 AT 09:24 AM

New report shows Emirates has generated more than US$21.3 billion to US economy

... and created 104,000 jobs for Americans
Team shortlist11 Jul 2017 AT 09:24 AM
New report shows Emirates has generated more than US$21.3 billion to US economy
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According to a new report published by aviation consultants Campbell-Hill Aviation Group, Emirates Airline has actively provided over 104,000 jobs to Americans and has generated more than US$21.3 billion to the US economy.

The report, published on the 25th anniversary of the US "Open Skies" agreement, aimed to quantify the annual economic impact that Emirates had on the US economy in 2015.

It found that Emirates helped bring over 580,000 new travellers to the US who otherwise might not have visited, and helped generate over US$3.2 billion of new trade-based revenue.

Speaking on the news, the President of Emirates Sir Tim Clark said: “Campbell-Hill’s data reaffirms the significant stimulative effect of Emirates’ operations on the US economy.

"It shows we’ve brought hundreds of thousands of new travelers to the United States, helped increase competitive air transport options for over a million American and international travelers who flew with us, and contributed to increased demand for US exports in aerospace and many other sectors.”

Determined to address competing US airlines who often blast the Dubai-based airline with claims of government subsidies, Clark said: “Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and their proxies continually pour money in to lobby and make unfounded accusations against Emirates, but they have never filed a formal US Department of Transportation complaint against Emirates, even though this is the statutory process long relied on by US airlines to address allegations of unfair competition. That itself is telling.”

He added: “Sitting on record profits and with employment in US aviation at an all-time high, the three carriers know they don’t have a leg to stand on. Evidence repeatedly points to the benefits that Emirates bring to US consumers and the economy, and the total absence of alleged competitive harm.”

The report comes just days after the US Department of Homeland Security lifted the “laptop ban” on Emirates flights to the US.

A move, which is sure to increase both the airline’s economy and that of the US.

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Emirates launched its first flight to US in 2004 with its route to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. Just 13 years later, the airline now operates more than 135 weekly passenger and cargo flights serving 14 US gateways.