North Carolina Members of Congress Urge Trump Administration to Enforce Open Skies Agreements

Nearly 300 Members of Congress Support the End of Foreign Subsidization of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways

WASHINGTON, DC (October 19, 2017) – A group of seven U.S. Representatives from North Carolina have called on the Trump administration to take immediate action to enforce American aviation trade agreements and stop the illegal subsidies from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to their state-owned airlines. In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the congressional delegation urged the Trump administration to address the over $50 billion in illegal subsides the UAE and Qatar send to Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. These subsidies give the Gulf carriers a major market advantage and put over 1.2 million American jobs that rely on a strong aviation industry at risk.

“Nearly 300 Members of Congress – Republicans and Democrats alike – have denounced the UAE and Qatar’s unprecedented and rule-breaking subsidies to their government-owned airlines,” said Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. “We applaud North Carolina’s congressional leadership for sending a clear message that the 15,000 airline workers in the Tar Heel state will not be taken advantage of by these trade-cheating countries. We look forward to working with the Trump administration to enforce our international trade agreements and stand up for American jobs.”

The letter was signed by U.S. Representatives Richard Hudson, Walter B. Jones, Jr., Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, David Rouzer, Robert Pittenger and Ted Budd. The delegation joins other bipartisan letters from the delegations of Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Minnesota, Utah, Texas and Ohio calling for the United States to enforce its Open Skies agreements with the UAE and Qatar. Additional letters of support this year came from 25 Members of Congress from New York and New Jersey, leading political and business figures in Georgia and Utah, and two bipartisan groups of U.S. Senators, as well as individual letters to the Trump administration from Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rob Portman.

The delegation letter can be found here.