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Fly America Act and Open Skies Agreement

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Fly America Act

A federal law (Title 49 U.S. Code, Section 40118) that established a legal requirement that all government-financed air travel be performed by U.S. air carrier services where such service is available.

All flights (domestic and international) supported with federal awards must be taken on U.S. flag air carriers, regardless of cost or convenience – unless an exception, as listed in the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) is authorized.

To ensure compliance with the Fly America Act, travelers are encouraged to use Caltech's preferred travel agency, CTP or the CardQuest travel portal.

Exceptions to Fly America Act

Travel charge on a federal grant or contract must be booked using a U.S. air carrier unless an exception, under Federal Travel Regulation, is authorized for travel on a foreign air carrier. Authorized exceptions must be documented and certified.

Exceptions are listed below: