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.
August 31, 2016
The General Services Administration has awarded a contract for official government travel to Emirates, the state-owned carrier of the United Arab Emirates, in violation of the Fly America Act.
June 29, 2016
Forensic investigators have uncovered new financial documents that show the breadth and depth of subsidies by the UAE and Qatar to their state-owned airlines in far greater detail than previously known.
June 7, 2016
The Partnership praised the Council of the European Union’s mandate allowing the European Commission to open negotiations on comprehensive air transport agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
The Three Airlines Are Violating U.S. Open Skies Policy
Over the last decade alone, Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates collectively have received more than $42 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 800 U.S. jobs.
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.