Gibbs, Kaptur Urge Trump Admin to Protect Ohio Aviation Jobs

September 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to protect Ohio aviation industry jobs from unfair practices of foreign airlines, Congressman Bob Gibbs and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur led the Ohio delegation in urging the Trump Administration to enforce our Open Skies agreements.

Foreign state-owned airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Etihad Airways, receive significant government subsidies, and put American aviation jobs at a disadvantage. The letter, sent by Gibbs and Kaptur and thirteen other Ohio members to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao says, “Open Skies policy is based on ensuring fair and equal competition and markets governed by demand, not government interference,” and that foreign subsidies “deny U.S. airlines an equal opportunity to compete”.

Qatar’s and United Arab Emirate’s subsidies are a violation of our Open Skies agreements that puts Ohio’s aviation jobs at risk. Gibbs and Kaptur urged Secretaries Tillerson and Chao to enforce Open Skies agreements “to ensure the future of aviation in the United States.”

Gibbs and Kaptur emphasize Ohio’s rich history in aviation, from the Wright Brothers to NASA’s John H Glenn Research Center, and its $3.5 billion impact on the state’s economy.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

What They Are Saying:

Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies: “We are grateful that Ohio’s congressional leaders recognize the incredible harm that rule-breaking Gulf carrier subsidies pose to the American workers who support the U.S. aviation industry. We hope the Trump administration will stand with the hard-working Ohioans whose livelihoods are at risk from this trade cheating, and will take action to enforce our trade deals and restore fair competition.”