The president of the airline Emirates on Tuesday rebuffed complaints by some U.S. rivals that the carrier had an unfair competitive advantage.
"We are an affordable competitor which people value and I'm sure that we will be allowed to continue on that basis," he said. "We will disprove the allegations made against us and I hope that we will receive some kind of apology from the protagonists once we do."
The CEOs of United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta have claimed that some of their competitors have an unfair edge from government subsidies. At an aviation summit in Washington this week, the U.S. airlines pointed specifically at Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways as having broken the "open skies" deals, which aim to limit government intervention.
On Tuesday morning, Doug Parker, chief executive of American Airlines, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that the three Middle Eastern airlines have collectively received about $42 billion in subsidies from their respective governments.
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Emirates has been in operation for the last 30 years but only began flying to the U.S. about 11 years ago. The airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is owned by the government of Dubai. Along with Etihad and Qatar Airways, the Middle Eastern airlines serve 11 U.S. cities.
"I speak as the manager of Emirates airlines in Dubai and I can say categorically we do not receive subsidies from the government of Dubai," Clark said.