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Qatar, EU in final stages of air services deal: Qatar Airways CEO

Qatar, EU in final stages of air services deal: Qatar Airways CEO

Doha: Qatar and the European Union are in the final stages of concluding a comprehensive air transport agreement covering fair competition and transparency, the chief executive of state-owned Qatar Airways said on Tuesday.

“We have taken bold steps by agreeing to articles on fair competition, social aspects, business practices, and transparency,” Akbar al-Baker said at a CAPA summit in Doha.

He did not say when the agreement would be signed.

The agreement will see Qatar no longer force European carriers to have a local sales agent in order to operate flights to Doha.

“Qatar has committed to offer a fair and friendly business environment and as a result European airlines will enjoy unrestricted commercial opportunities unlike ever before,” Baker said.