Pro Open Skies lobby group comes forward in the USA as ALPA also wades into the argument

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By admin February 19, 2015 11:48

Pro Open Skies lobby group comes forward in the USA as ALPA also wades into the argument

The Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) issued a statement yesterday supporting the US major airlines in their quest to get the Open Skies treaty reviewed by Capitol Hill. The statement reads: “ALPA maintains that several Open Skies partner nations equip their airlines to do business globally through state policy and significant direct economic underwriting that undermines fair competition. Our union urges the US government to review existing Open Skies agreements to ensure that state support cannot distort a fair international marketplace to the detriment of US airlines and their workers.”

Meanwhile, FedEx Express, NAS and the US Business Travel Coalition (BTC) under the banner of OpenSkies.travel, told journalists at the National Press Club in Washington DC this week that the CEOs of the three major consolidated carriers, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, had held “behind closed doors” meetings with White House and government officials. No surprises there as we and others have reported the same.  But the BTC chairman Kevin Mitchell states that the overall impression is that “the big US network airlines want to lock out independent airlines that offer lower fares, newer airplanes, faster connections, more destinations and better service…While US major network carriers’ employees and shareholders are major beneficiaries of US Open Skies policy, today, we want to present the views of other important stakeholders who are concerned by perceived attempts to turn the clock back on market liberalization,” Mitchell said.

FedEx Express managing director, regulatory affairs, Nancy Sparks stated:  “What we would like to see is for Open Skies agreements to continue unabated and our view on competition is ‘bring it on.’ Protectionism harms the consumer and in the long term the provider is also harmed.”

The two sides are entrenching over the matter.

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By admin February 19, 2015 11:48