Trump Administration Announces Agreement with Qatar to Protect American Workers

Fueled by massive government subsidies, state-owned Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates are aiming to dominate global aviation by exploiting Open Skies policy.

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These three airlines, wholly owned by their governments, are using unprecedented subsidies to exploit their open and unfettered access to the U.S. market. This threatens our U.S. airline industry, airline jobs and the U.S. economy. Show your support for Open Skies by signing the petition requesting the U.S. government to review the subsidies and ensure airline competition is fair.

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April 12, 2018

Secretary of State-Designate Mike Pompeo Commits to Enforce Open Skies Agreements During Confirmation Hearing

In response to Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo’s commitment to enforcing Open Skies policy, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies released the following statement.

March 5, 2018

Partnership for Open & Fair Skies Statement on Sir Tim Clark’s Comments Against U.S. Airlines and Aviation Workers

Partnership issues a statement on recent comments by Emirates President attacking U.S. airlines and workers.

February 15, 2018

Ten Governors Call for an End to Massive Gulf Carrier Subsidies

Bipartisan group of ten governors has sent letters to the Trump administration calling for an end to the Gulf carriers’ rule-breaking government subsidies.


The Three Airlines Are Violating U.S. Open Skies Policy

Over the last decade alone, Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates collectively have received more than $50 billion in subsidies and other unfair benefits from the governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, according to a recent investigation. Those subsidies are in violation of Open Skies policy and put thousands of U.S. airline jobs at risk.

Massive Subsidies Undermine Fair Competition

We welcome robust competition on a level playing field. But with these state-owned airlines taking advantage of unprecedented subsidies, the playing field is decidedly not level.




Subsidized Expansion by Qatar, Etihad and Emirates Threatens U.S. Airline Jobs

The three carriers’ routes to the U.S. have not meaningfully increased passenger traffic; they only serve to displace U.S. airline market share and shift good U.S. aviation jobs overseas. In fact, every daily international roundtrip flight lost by U.S. carriers because of this subsidized competition equals a net loss of more than 1,500 U.S. jobs. Overall, 1.2 million U.S. jobs are supported by American, Delta and United and these jobs are under attack by subsidized service by the Gulf carriers.









America Deserves Fair Competition and Open Skies

The U.S. government must review the subsidies and ensure airline competition is fair. We strongly support Open Skies and deserve to fly in fair skies.


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