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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US air carriers have asked Washington not to restrict Qatar Airways or Italian flights to the United States, as this would lead to the collapse of other aviation agreements around the world.
Washington is investigating the takeover of 49 percent Qatar Airways in Italy, which runs from June to destinations in the United States.
However, in a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompea and Traffic Minister Elaine Chao, the US airline said that limiting Qatar Airways and Italian Airlines rights could lead to criminal measures against US airlines.
The letter mentions possible criminal measures from the European Union, adding that the restrictions "will also have a detrimental effect on American carriers, providing passenger transport services and wanting to launch a new EU service".
Qatar Airways says its share in Italy "fully complies" with the open sky agreement between the United States and Qatar.