It’s no secret there’s a big debate between the US carriers and the three big Middle Eastern carries (Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar), about these airlines receiving illegal government subsidies. With these subsidies, these airlines can offer extremely low ticket prices while not caring if they turn a profit, since their government supports them. However, US carriers argue that with these illegal subsidies, they aren’t able to compete on these routes.
Anyways, American Airlines announced earlier this summer, they would be ending their codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, which means Etihad customers would no longer be able to book onward connections on American. Due to the codeshare agreement ended, Etihad has announced they’ll be ceasing their service to Dallas-Fort Worth on March 25, 2018
Etihad will currently fly from the Middle East to New York, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Etihad Airways said on Thursday it would stop flying to Dallas-Fort Worth next year after American Airlines’ (AAL.O) decided in July to end a codeshare agreement between the two carriers.
American Airlines has lobbied the U.S. government to investigate allegations of state subsidies at Etihad and other major Gulf carriers. The Gulf airlines deny the allegations.
The end of the codeshare agreement would make the route “commercially unsustainable” and left Etihad “with no choice but to suspend flights” from March 25, 2018, Chief Executive Peter Baumgartner said in a statement.