Partnership for Open & Fair Skies Response to Letter Opposing Enforcement of Open Skies Agreements

Washington, D.C. (August 7, 2017) – In response to a letter opposing an end to the trade cheating behavior of three government-owned Gulf airlines, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies released the following statement:

“It’s pretty sad that some people are willing to risk the economic well-being of the American aviation industry and the 1.2 million jobs it supports, just to defend the Gulf carriers’ ability to keep on taking billions of dollars in foreign government subsidies,” said Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. “The truth is that Open Skies agreements already provide a way to deal with rule-breakers, and anything else is just an attempt to delay and derail American jobs. We agree with President Trump that trade deals need to be fair, enforced and for the benefit of the American worker.”