America’s Open Skies agreements with 100+ countries worldwide have led to lower fares, healthy competition and higher passenger growth.

Quick Facts

Open Skies agreements have been critical in America’s efforts to capture a share of the highly lucrative international travel market. The Trump administration has made it clear that these agreements are here to stay—yet some major U.S. carriers and their allies continue to demand the U.S. government upend Open Skies by freezing or blocking new routes to the U.S. from international carriers. 

U.S. Travel will continue to defend Open Skies, and advocate for healthy competition that gives global travelers more options—and helps support millions of American jobs through increased travel.  

Recommendations

Preserve Open Skies Agreements

Given the tremendous economic benefits of Open Skies, Congress and the administration must continue to preserve existing Open Skies agreements and reject any calls for a renegotiation or these agreements or freeze on routes from the Gulf carriers.

Expand Air Service

Protecting existing Open Skies agreements will eliminate government control over airline routing, flight frequency and pricing and continue to increase connectivity that encourages travel. This lowers fares for travelers and provides access to more flights.

Research, News and Commentary on Open Skies

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Travel Community Reacts to U.S. Government’s Open Skies Decision

May 14, 2018

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Department of State’s announcement that the U.S. has reached a deal with the United Arab Emirates regarding the two countries’ Open Skies aviation agreement.

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U.S. Travel Applauds Senate Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

April 26, 2018

"The U.S. Travel Association commends the U.S. Senate on its confirmation today of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. We congratulate the new secretary and look forward to working with him on policies and programs that help grow our economy, advance our diplomacy and protect our security."

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Key Issues Stand to Impact Travel

April 13, 2018

The National Travel and Tourism Office announced last week that it will suspend the release of overseas arrival data to the U.S. pending the resolution of a data collection issue. 

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U.S. Signs Open Skies Agreement with Grenada

April 12, 2018

On Tuesday, the United States and Grenada signed an Open Skies aviation agreement. This is good news for both the U.S. and the island nation, as the new agreement will mean lower airfares and increased tourism between the countries.

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Travel Industry Welcomes Open Skies with Brazil

April 02, 2018

The U.S. travel community excitedly welcomes a new Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Brazil, which will very likely increase travel to our country from one of the world’s top global travel markets.

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Aviation Agreements Benefitting America's Travel Industry Upheld

February 02, 2018

In President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this week, he suggested several opportunities for the travel industry to partner with his administration on shared priorities. 

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