Trump Administration Again Confirms Commitment to Holding UAE Accountable on Open Skies

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2019) – In response to the U.S.-UAE Economic Policy Dialogue, held on June 20, 2019, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies released the following statement.

“How many times will the Trump administration need to meet with the United Arab Emirates before it understands that the United States will not back down when other countries violate our trade deals and harm American workers?” said Scott Reed, managing partner for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. “We’re grateful that, once again, this administration is taking this matter directly to the UAE leadership and refusing to accept continued trade violations in the airline industry. By affirming our government’s commitment to last year’s agreement that demanded an end to rule-breaking subsidies and opaque financial reporting, President Trump and his team send a clear signal that no country will be allowed to walk all over American workers. The 2018 agreement also halted the UAE’s plans to expand flights through Europe to the United States and we appreciate that the president’s team reaffirmed that. We look forward to continuing to work with the administration until the UAE finally meets its obligations and plays by the rules.”

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.