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:

“An abundance of healthy airlines—both domestic and international—are a critical component of American job, GDP and export growth. We're deeply appreciative that the administration engineered a deal which honors that principle and seems pleasing to all stakeholders.

“We hope this marks the end of three years of division that, thankfully, resulted in preserving Open Skies, and are eager for all parties to return their collective attention to policy pursuits that grow travel to and within the United States."

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2020, travel generated $1.5 trillion in economic output and supported 11 million jobs, a drastic decline from pre-pandemic figures. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.