United States And The Open Skies Agreements Essay

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The United States has numerous Open Skies agreements with most countries around the globe. The agreements allow foreign airlines to fly to the U.S. with few, if any, restrictions from the U.S. government and U.S. carriers to fly to foreign countries, also with little or no government restrictions. However, many of the U.S. carriers, such as Delta, American, and United, believe that the Open Skies agreements have some major loopholes, allowing the few subsidized airlines, such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad, to fly to the United States, as well as numerous other countries across the globe, at lower operating costs than their non-subsidized competition have to pay for the same route. These agreements also allow the practice of fifth freedom operations. Fifth freedom operations permit one airline to fly from their home country to another participating country, drop off and pick up passengers, fly to a second participating country and then fly the whole route in reverse. These routes are known as fifth freedom routes. Since they oppose the idea of fifth freedom routes, Delta, American, and United [the U.S. Three] all want the U.S. government to limit the number of flights these Persian Gulf carriers can operate to the U.S. because they believe that they are losing revenue and customers to this group, known as the Middle East Three. One popular discussion topic is the idea of fifth freedom routes. Ted Reed, a contributor to Forbes magazine, explains to the
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