Open Skies – Qatar Airlines
February 2, 2018
MEC Government Affairs Committee
On Monday, January 30th, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson finalized an agreement between the U.S. and Qatar in which state-owned Qatar Airways will commit to be more financially transparent and declared it has no plans to operate fifth-freedom flights to the U.S. But the agreement doesn’t prohibit European flights and doesn’t say whether more flights will arrive directly from Qatar to the U.S.
We now must wait to see what comes out of talks between the United States and the United Arab Emirates about Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways.
The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies (http://www.openandfairskies.com) has documented more than $25 billion in subsidies the government of Qatar has provided to its state-owned airline, violating the Open Skies agreement between Qatar and the United States. The United States has more than 120 Open Skies agreements with nations around the world, all designed to promote open and fair air travel free of government interference.
AFA and your Government Affairs Committee has been working diligently to address the more than $50 billion in rule breaking subsidies the Gulf carriers receive from the UAE and Qatar impacting our industry and thousands of U.S. aviation jobs.
We will continue to urge Congress and the White House to enforce our open skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to protect all U.S. aviation jobs.
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