Flying the open skies

Dave Carlson

Dave Carlson, head of the Business Services Section, wrote this week’s column.

A change in federal travel regulations has opened up a new opportunity for Fermilab air travelers. Because DOE recently authorized Fermilab’s use of Open Skies Agreements in conjunction with the Fly America Act, Fermilab travelers will soon have more options on their choice of airline, possibly reducing the cost of travel and opening up more scheduling options.

The Fly America Act (49 U.S.C. Section 40118) allows passengers and property to fly a foreign air carrier if the transportation is provided under an Open Skies Agreement, between the U.S. and the foreign government where the carrier has its headquarters. Countries that have an Open Skies Agreement in place with the U.S. include: Australia, Switzerland and those within the European Union.

To take advantage of flights under an Open Skies Agreement, travelers need to provide a statement containing some simple information along with his orher travel voucher. The Travel Office will assist in communicating the details of this requirement to travelers and providing a consistent mechanism to collect the information.

While we’re on the subject of travel, have you updated your travel profile lately? The information contained in your secure profile is of vital importance for quick booking and easy security check-in. Please log into the Travel Profile database at the next opportunity to ensure that your profile is complete and up to date. Visit the BSS Travel website for other tips on how to make your trips go safely and smoothly. Travel Office staff are available for direct assistance, and welcome feedback regarding your travel experience.