“When I served as President Reagan’s Secretary of Transportation, we recognized the economic importance of global air travel and the need for a free and fair market in the international aviation industry” says,James H. Burnley, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and currently an adviser to American Airlines.
Today, millions of jobs around the world rely on this thriving aviation sector and everyone wants to get their fair share under global open sky agreements.
In 1992 bilateral agreements were made with countries around the world, known as Open Skies agreements, which ensure that the competition is fair and the playing field is level by eliminating distortions such as government subsidies.
The United States currently has 121 Open Skies agreements with countries around the world. These agreements have provided great benefits to the U.S. airlines, their workers and, most importantly, the American traveling public.
The agreements have been enforced and followed without controversy – except for two with UAE and Qatar. Because of these agreements Airlines could fly between countries free of limitations and constraints. If the Open Skies Agreements could be enforced in UAE and QATAR it will promote vigorous competition among airlines around the world and give travelers a wide range of competitively priced options.
It’s time for the U.S. Government to Stand up for U.S Airlines and workers and stop subsidies to gain out of unfair deal. says the former secretary