Partnership for Open & Fair Skies Statement on JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes’ Remarks

WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2017) – In remarks at the Aero Club of Washington today, JetBlue Airways President and CEO Robin Hayes criticized U.S. airlines’ efforts to end the Gulf carrier subsidies from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.

“Our Open Skies agreements specifically allow for consultations in the case of violations,” said Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. “Rather than address the market-skewing subsidies that threaten American jobs, the Gulf carriers and their allies are pushing for a separate review process entirely unrelated to Open Skies. This is simply a delaying tactic designed to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing these trade agreements and standing up for American jobs. Perhaps if JetBlue did not financially benefit from Emirates’ billions of dollars in illegal subsidies, it would acknowledge that fair trade requires that all parties abide by the rules of international trade agreements.

“As a reminder, JetBlue’s own pilots belong to the Air Line Pilots Association, a member of the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies.”