Fly America Act
Federal travelers are required by 49 U.S.C. 40118, commonly referred to as the "Fly America Act," to use U.S. air carrier service for all air travel and cargo transportation services funded by the U.S. government. One exception to this requirement is transportation provided under a bilateral or multilateral air transport agreement, to which the U.S. government and the government of a foreign country are parties, and which the Department of Transportation has determined meets the requirements of the Fly America Act.
The U.S. government has entered into several air transport agreements that allow federal funded transportation services for travel and cargo movements to use foreign air carriers under certain circumstances.
There are currently four bilateral/multilateral “Open Skies Agreements” (U.S. Government Procured Transportation) in effect:
- U.S. Government and the European Union (EU) effective April 30, 2007
- U.S. - EU Amendment [pdf] effective June 24, 2010
- U.S. - EU Amendment effective June 21, 2011
- U.S. - Australia Open Skies Agreement [PDF - 4 MB] effective October 1, 2008
- U.S. - Switzerland Transport Agreement [PDF - 4 MB] effective October 1, 2008
- U. S. and Japan [pdf] effective October 1, 2011
Information on the four Open Skies Air Transportation Agreements (U.S. Government Procured Transportation) and other specific country agreements may be accessed via the Department of State’s website.
The rights given to airlines concerning U.S Government procured transportation under the Open Skies Agreement do not apply to transportation obtained or funded by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of a military department.
For more information on Fly America Act and Open Skies, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.