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According to U.S. Travel Association, Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways significantly contributed to the US economy, adding nearly USD1.8 billion in state and local tax revenue in 2016. 

A study of 14 US cities served by Gulf airlines revealed that in 2016, the aforementioned carriers brought nearly 1.7 million additional travellers to the US, who spent nearly USD7.8 billion. This expenditure is thought to have supported nearly 80,000 additional US jobs.

Roger Dow, CEO, U.S. Travel Association, noted, “International travellers are a proven boon to US jobs, exports, tax revenues and economic growth, so the federal government should be doing everything it can to bolster connectivity and the number of carriers in the passenger aviation marketplace.