A new briefing note from Oxford Economics provides detail on the value of Open Skies to U.S. airlines and the U.S. economy.
In order to assess the benefits the Gulf carriers bring to the USA, Oxford Economics conducted research into the dynamics of journeys made by passengers on Gulf carrier flights. In particular, Oxford set out first to test the hypothesis that US and Gulf carriers compete for the same passengers. The report then looks at the degree of complementarity between the two groups of airlines by quantifying the extent of feeder traffic brought onto US airlines by Gulf carriers. Finally, they explore the economic impact of the tourists brought into the US by the Gulf carriers on the 11 cities they serve.