Why Do They Need To Be Protected?
Congress is deliberating two bills – The Fair and Open Skies Act (H.R. 3095) and H.R. 4550 the FY 2022 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act – that would potentially violate the longstanding U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement. The legislation would invite retaliation against U.S. commercial and cargo carriers by U.S. international Open Skies partners, with consumers and U.S. businesses shouldering the greatest consequences.
H.R. 3095: The misleadingly named Fair and Open Skies Act would violate the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement and could invite many forms of retaliation from the European Union (EU), such as Member State limitations of airline services, forceful measures taken from the European Commission (EC), and bureaucratic procedures bringing challenges to U.S. labor laws.
H.R. 4550: Congressional approval of the FY22 House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Act, which includes amendment language similar to – but separate from – the similarly misguided Fair and Open Skies Act, would also constitute a violation of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement. Open Skies and U.S. leadership in global aviation are job creators, and the competitive marketplace created by these agreements is good for consumers.