Fueled by massive government subsidies, state-owned Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates are aiming to dominate global aviation by exploiting Open Skies policy.
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.
February 15, 2018
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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.