Emirates Airline president Tim Clark is standing firmly behind his decision to launch a daily fifth-freedom service between Dubai and New York via Athens even though the route prompted a new outburst of protest from the three US majors. Dubai-based Emirates announced in January it plans to start the Athens-New York Newark route in March. The service is legal within the US-UAE Open Skies agreement and is Emirates’ second use of fifth-freedom rights within that treaty. Emirates operates ...

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