2017-2018 Policy Library 
    
    May 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Policy Library

Fly America Act


Fly America Act

Consistent with the Fly America Act, Claremont McKenna College generally requires individuals paying for travel through federal funds to only us U.S. flag air carrier service. U.S. carriers must be used even if foreign carriers offer tickets at a lower price, offer preferred routing, are more convenient or are part of a frequent-flyer arrangement such as the Star Alliance. Limited exceptions to the Fly America Act are outlined below:

  1. Airline” Open Skies” Agreement. A foreign flag air carrier may be used if the transportation is provided under an air transportation agreement between the United States and a foregin government, which the Department of Transportation has determined meets the requirements of the Fly America Act. There are currently four Open Skies agreements - with the European Union, Australia, Japan, and Switzerland.
  2. Involuntary Rerouting. Travel on a foregin-flag carrier is permitted if a U.S.-flag air carrier involuntarily reroutes the traveler via a foreign-flag air carrier, notwithstanding the availability of alternative U.S.-flag air carrier service.
  3. Travel To and From the U.S. Use of a foreign-flag air carrier is permissable if the airport abroad is: (a) the traveler’s origion or destination airport, and use of U.S.-flag air carrier service would extend the time in a travel status by at least 24 hours more than travel by a foreign-flag air carrier; or (b) an interchange point, and use of U.S.-flag air carrier service would increase the number of aircraft changes the traveler must make outside of the U.S. by two or more, would require the traveler to wait four hours or more to make connections at that point, or would extend the time in a travel status by at least six hours more than travel by a foreign-flag air carrier.
  4. Travel Between Points Outside the U.S. Use of a foreign-flag air carrier is permissable if: (a) travel by a foreign-flag air carrer would eliminate two or more aircraft changes en route; (b) travel by a U.S.-flag air carrier would require a connecting time of four hours or more at an overseas interchange point; or (c) the travel is not part of the trip to or from the U.S., and use of a U.S.-flag air carrier would extend the time in a travel status by at least six hours more than travel by a foreign-flag air carrier.
  5. Short Distance Travel. For all short distance travel, regardless of origin and destionation, use of a foreign-flag air carrier is permissable if the elapsed travel time on a scheduled flight from origin to destiation airport by a foreign-flag air carrier is three hours or less and service by a U.S.-flag air carrier would double the travel time.

When one or more of the above circumstances apply, an explanation indicating the appropriate exception must be provided with your funding request.