Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines, along with several airline labor groups, have formed the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies coalition to urge the U.S. government to enforce "Open Skies" agreements with subsidized Gulf carriers.
Airlines based in the Gulf nations of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have received more than $40 billion in subsidies and unfair benefits from their respective governments. The partnership is asking the U.S. government to use provisions in Open Skies agreements to begin talks with Qatar and the UAE to address the unfair competition that distorts market conditions.
In the meantime, the coalition is asking for new service to U.S. markets by the Gulf carriers to be frozen.
Among the alliance’s labor groups are the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents Delta pilots, as well as the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American’s pilots, and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American’s flight attendants.
Members of the public can sign a petition urging the U.S. to level the playing field and help safeguard U.S. airline jobs over the long term. They can also download the evidence of the subsidies given to the Gulf carriers and learn more about the issue on the Partnership’s website.