USA – UAE Open Sky Resolution adopted: Read the transcript
The United States Conference of Mayors' 82nd Annual Meeting took place June 20-23, 2014 in Dallas.
The United States Conference of Mayors’ 82nd Annual Meeting took place June 20-23, 2014 in Dallas. The meeting was presided over by Conference President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and was hosted by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
The following resolution was approved by the conference on the ongoing war between the big three U.S. airlines United, American and Delta Airlines against Qatar based Qatar Airways, and UAE based Emirates and Etihad Airways.
This is a transcript of the resolution adopted:
WHEREAS, for decades Open Skies agreements have brought great benefits to U.S. travelers, U.S. airlines and the U.S. economy by creating a framework for competitive, fair market air travel between countries; and
WHEREAS, cities across the country rely on a robust and vibrant airline industryto create and maintain jobs, and U.S. airlines support 11 million American jobs as well as $1.5 trillion in nationwide economic activity; and
WHEREAS, American companies and U.S. carriers do best when they can
compete in an open and fair market that promotes a level playing field for all; and
WHEREAS, U.S. carriers have alleged that nations have violated Open Skiespolicy by funneling over $40 billion in government subsidies and other unfairbenefits to their state-owned airlines, distorting the international aviation market and undermining fair competition; and
WHEREAS, if subsidies do exist, they pose a direct threat to the U.S. airline industry and thousands of American jobs including an average of 821 jobs per each roundtrip flight lost to these carriers; and
WHEREAS, if proven this would constitute unfair competition from the Gulf carriers could have a negative economic impact on American carriers that could lead to the elimination of flights and routes to mid-sized and smaller American cities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States. Conference
of Mayors urges the U.S. government to initiate consultations with Qatar and the UAE as provided for within Open Skies agreements to address this issue.