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

U.S. Travel Applauds U.S.-U.K. Post-Brexit Agreement

November 29, 2018

U.S. Travel Association Vice President for Government Relations Erik Hansen issued the following statement on the new Open Skies deal between the United States and the United Kingdom for post-Brexit flights.

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FAA Reauthorization Bill is a Positive First Step Toward a Larger Goal

October 03, 2018

On Wednesday, Congress concluded a two-year-long debate on aviation issues as the Senate joined the House in passing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. 

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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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