Partnership for Open and Fair Skies Sends Open Letter to President Trump Highlighting Widespread Congressional Support

WASHINGTON, DC (November 1, 2017) – Today, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies sent an open letter to President Trump showcasing the widespread support from 300 members of Congress for the U.S. government to address the massive Gulf carrier subsidies and protect American jobs. The letter ran as a full-page advertisement in today’s New York Times and the New York Post.

The print ad is available here and the full text of the letter follows.

November 1, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We strongly support your efforts to enforce our nation’s international trade agreements and to stand up for U.S. jobs.

Indeed, our nation’s passenger airline industry is under threat from the very trade cheating behavior that you have singled out as President.

Since 2004, the UAE and Qatar have funneled more than $50 billion in government subsidies to their airlines: Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. These subsidies violate the United States’ Open Skies agreements with the UAE and Qatar – agreements that are supposed to ensure free and open competition among airlines. As long as these two countries massively subsidize their airlines, the playing field will never be fair or equal and American jobs will be severely harmed.

The call for action has been loud and clear, with 300 Members of Congress – Republicans and Democrats alike – urging the U.S. government to enforce our Open Skies agreements with the UAE and Qatar and stand up for American jobs. Each time a U.S. carrier is pushed off a route by a subsidized Gulf carrier, 1,500 American jobs are lost. The stakes for passenger aviation are far too high to allow this situation to continue unabated.

Mr. President, your administration alone has the power to enforce our agreements with the UAE and Qatar and ensure fair competition in this important sector of our economy.

Respectfully,

The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies