A group of 11 senators have called on the U.S. federal government to examine whether Qatar Airways’ financial support for Air Italy may violate a commitment by the state-owned airline not to conduct fifth freedom flights to the U.S. In a Dec. 3 letter sent to the secretaries of the Departments of Transportation, Commerce and State, the group of Republican senators expressed concern that Qatar Airways may be subsidizing Air Italy—of which Qatar owns a 49% stake—to operate ...

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