Partnership for Open & Fair Skies Responds to European Commission Mobility and Transport Director General on Open Skies Enforcement

Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2019) – In response to a letter sent by European Commission Mobility and Transport Director General Henrik Hololei to the U.S. State Department regarding potential U.S. government action on Open Skies violations, the Partnership for Open & Skies released the following statement:

“With all due respect to Director-General Hololei, this new letter does not accurately represent the requests of the U.S. airlines or the work of the Trump administration,” said Scott Reed, managing partner for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. “From Day One, we have focused on Qatar’s egregious and continuing trade violations. And we have asked President Trump to hold Qatar accountable for the sake of the 1.2 million American jobs that are directly threatened by Qatar’s ongoing misbehavior. Qatar Airways’ actions regarding Air Italy are designed to serve as a loophole to undermine last year’s agreement with the Trump administration. Qatar is responsible for these massive government subsidies and Qatar needs to be held accountable. We are confident that the Trump administration understands the distinction and we are grateful for the administration’s continued commitment to restoring fair competition and standing up for American jobs.”

Background on Partnership for Open & Fair Skies

The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies is a coalition that includes American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, along with the Air Line Pilots Association, the Allied Pilots Association, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the Communications Workers of America, and the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Partnership is calling for the United States to enforce its Open Skies agreements with the UAE and Qatar, which have pumped more than $50 billion in subsidies to their state-owned airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. In January 2015, the Partnership published a white paper providing a comprehensive overview and analysis of this issue.