Over 300 Members of Congress Support Open and Fair Skies

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.

Latest News

December 14, 2017

Bipartisan Indiana Congressional Delegation Calls for Action Against Rule-Breaking Gulf Carrier Subsidies

Five members of Congress from Indiana sent a letter to top officials in the Trump administration to urge action against repeated trade violations by the UAE and Qatar.

December 12, 2017

Partnership for Open & Fair Statement on State Department Meeting with U.S. Airlines

This morning, U.S. airline representatives and union leaders met with officials from the State Department to discuss Open Skies agreements with UAE and Qatar.

December 7, 2017

California Congressional Delegation Calls on Trump Administration to End Gulf Carrier Trade Cheating

Thirty-one members of California’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter calling on the Trump administration to end Gulf carrier trade cheating.


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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