|Partnership for Open & Fair Skies|
Partnership for Open & Fair Skies
Open Skies is an international policy agreement model that works towards reducing rules and regulations for the international aviation industry, specifically for commercial aviation, to create a free-market environment for the airline industry. Open Skies has been very beneficial for U.S. travelers and our economy, however; as of late, Gulf nations have been undermining the Open Skies agreement.
Due to this alarming development, over 30 local and regional airports across the United States, including the Capital Regional International Airport, are calling on the U.S. government to open consultations with the countries of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to address $42 billion (that’s a billion with a B) in subsidies and other unfair benefits that Gulf nations have provided to their state owned aircraft, which violates Open Skies agreement between Gulf nations and U.S. trade policy.
“I can see first-hand the effects that an unfair playing field has on the U.S. carriers. The employees that depend on a healthy airline industry are not limited to airline workers; rental car employees, hotel, taxi and restaurant employees also depend on the influx of passengers through our region.” - Robert Selig, President and CEO of the Capital Region International Airport
If these countries continue to violate the Open Skies agreement, it will result in U.S. carriers losing their ability to serve small and medium-size markets across the country, including Greater Lansing, which will threaten hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
The support of these local and regional airports adds to a growing list of supporters, which already includes 262 members of the U.S. House of Representatives; 21 U.S. senators; the U.S. Conference of Mayors, representing 1,400 mayors across the country; and dozens of local business, trade and economic groups, including your Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.
We want to thank our partners at Acuitas for working with us to ensure that our skies are open for business and that competition is fair. We will continue to work with Acuitas and our Michigan Congressional Delegation on this important issue to our region.
The full list of airports who have written the U.S. Government requesting these subsidies be addressed is below:
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport—Springfield (IL)
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (LA)
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (AL)
Casper-Natrona County International Airport (WY)
Central Wisconsin Airport—Wausau
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (SC)
Columbus Airport (GA)
Corpus Christi International Airport (TX)
Delta County Airport (MI)
Easterwood Airport—Bryan /College Station (TX)
Fargo’s Hector International Airport (ND)
Friedman Memorial Airport —Sun Valley (ID)
Glacier Park International Airport —Kalispell (MT)
Grand Forks International Airport (ND)
Guam International Airport
Hilton Head Island Airport (SC)
Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport (TX)
Lafayette Regional Airport (LA)
Lake Charles Regional Airport (LA)
Lansing Capital Regional International Airport (MI)
Laredo International Airport (TX)
Mammoth Yosemite Airport (CA)
Monroe Regional Airport (LA)
Monterey Regional Airport (CA)
New Orleans International Airport (LA)
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (VA)
Richmond International Airport (VA)
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (OR)
Sioux Falls Regional Airport (SD)
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TX)
Valdosta Regional Airport (GA)
Yellowstone Regional Airport —Cody (WY)