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Summary of Federal Laws


Fly America Act, 49 USC 40118, 41 CFR 301-10.131 et. seq.                         CUA Compliance Partners

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49 U.S.C. 40118, commonly referred to as the “Fly America Act,” requires travelers to use United States flag air carrier service for all air travel funded by the United States Government. One exception to this requirement is transportation provided under a bilateral or multilateral air transportation (open sky) agreement to which the United States 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 Department of State maintains further information on the Open Skies Agreements web page,including a full list of Open Skies partners.  

When scheduling a flight, ensure all flights, where possible, are on a U.S. flag carrier or a foreign carrier that code shares with a U.S. flag carrier. Tickets must use the code of a U.S. carrier in addition to a foreign carrier. 

There are exceptions other than the Open Sky Agreement exception, codied in the CFR above at 41 CFR 301-10.136 et seq. and explained at some of the links in the Resource section below. 

The regulations linked above at 41 CFR are in Q&A format and will assist in answering most of the questions generated by the law. 

If there are no US carriers or code share arrangements for in-country travel, the exceptions allow use of a foreign air carrier. When using US government funds to pay for travel, the traveler must use the US air flag carrier to the closest point available, unless one of the exceptions applies (41 CFR 301.135(d)).

Federal Traved Regulation, Fly America Act, U.S. and  E.U. Open Skies Air Transport Agreement, Final Rule, 74 Fed. Reg. 2396, January 15, 2009

This final rule was published to give readers one site to find information on air transport agreements to which the U.S. and foreign governments are a party, and which meet the Fly America Act requirements.These agreements can be accessed on the Fly America Act GSA page.


Northwestern Flow Chart for Foreign Travel on Sponsored Projects*

Syracuse University, FAQ on Fly America Act*

University of Maryland Guidance (includes flow chart)

Yale Website on Fly America Act with waiver form

GSA Federal Travel Regulation bulletins*

City Pair Program**

Lost in Regulation Blog*

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