Trump administration officials on Tuesday met with executives from U.S. airlines, their employees' labor unions, and other industry representatives to discuss a course of action over a bitter dispute with their Persian Gulf airline rivals.
The plan, at least so far, is more talks.
The nearly three-year-old dispute is based on allegations from three large U.S. airlines – Delta, United and American – that three of their Middle Eastern competitors receive illegal subsidies from their governments, making an uneven playing field for other airlines.
State Department officials met with representatives of the airlines as well as groups that oppose penalizing the Middle Eastern carriers, according to sources briefed with the meeting.
The Trump administration plans on meeting with officials from Qatar as early as this week and is planning to meet with officials from the United Arab Emirates to seek financial transparency, and using commercial loan terms, said a person briefed on the matter.