On March 24, 2019, Jim Burnley was a guest on Full Measure with Sheryl Attkisson in a segment regarding the current trade war high in the skies, involving the big three U.S. air carriers and three rival Middle Eastern airlines owned and operated by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The foreign airlines have captured business here in the U.S., resulting in attractive, lower fares for passengers. But the three U.S. airlines call it cheating and a threat to their survival.
They pride themselves in soaring smoothly above the clouds, but on the ground and behind the scenes, there is some turbulence for the big three American carriers.
Burnley said that for some period of time passengers may be able to buy cheap tickets. But once the U.S. carriers are driven out of a market, it's almost inevitable that the prices will go up, because the competition has been eliminated.