EC 'will take all steps necessary' to defend EU carriers: DG Mobility and Transport

28 June, 2019

European Commission (EC) Mobility and Transport DG Henrik Hololei, in a statement addressed to the US State Department concerning disputes with US carriers over Qatar Airways' 49% stake in Air Italy, stated "any measure to curtail or end the rights of Air Italy to serve the US would constitute a clear and serious violation of the ATA" (ATW Online, 27-Jun-2019). Mr Hololei added the EC will "take all steps necessary to defend the rights of the EU, its member states and its air carriers under the ATA".