WASHINGTON - U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement:
"We are very pleased that the Big Three U.S. airlines and their allies are embracing the administration's wise decision to reject both a freeze on international flights and renegotiation of Open Skies agreements. America needs healthy domestic airlines, but we have believed since the beginning of this debate that tampering with Open Skies would clearly harm the U.S. economy and jobs.
"We look forward to seeing a similarly equitable result from the informal talks with the United Arab Emirates. We then hope that both sides can move on from this three-year debate and focus together on efforts to grow travel to and within the U.S."
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