US Cargo Airline Assoc. urges open skies

The Washington-based Cargo Airline Association, whose members include direct cargo airlines ABX Air, Atlas Air, FedEx Express, Kalitta Air and UPS, has called on the US government to maintain its policy of promoting competition by continuing to negotiate and abide by Open Skies agreements and reject attempts to turn back the clock to a bygone era of government protectionism.


US Cargo Airline Assoc. urges open skies


The Washington-based Cargo Airline Association, whose members include direct cargo airlines ABX Air, Atlas Air, FedEx Express, Kalitta Air and UPS, has called on the US government to maintain its policy of promoting competition by continuing to negotiate and abide by Open Skies agreements and reject attempts to turn back the clock to a bygone era of government protectionism.

In a statement, the CAA said that its members represent the US all-cargo industry, which relies on the 155 US negotiated Open Skies agreements to provide timedefinite delivery of high-value goods to customers around the globe. The statement added that CAA members employ over 760,000 individuals and these jobs will be in jeopardy if any action is taken to limit competitive opportunities and restrict the ability of carriers to operate – not only between countries that are parties to the Open Skies agreements, but also beyond those countries to other areas around the globe.

CAA president, Stephen A. Alterman said: “It is not an overstatement that, absent Open Skies agreements, existing worldwide air cargo networks could not exist as we know them today. Unilaterally freezing foreign carrier services or otherwise acting at odds with Open Skies agreements would invite retaliatory measures and threaten US commerce.”