US Flag Carrier Policy

THIS PAGE WAS LAST REVISED ON 6/4/2014

For the full policy on the Fly America Act and Open Skies Agreement Exceptions, please refer to the Administrative Policy Library at:

Anyone planning to travel internationally as part of work to be done on a Federally sponsored project is responsible for knowing and adhering to the Fly America Act.  In addition to the full policy (link above) the following resources can assist you when making travel arrangements:

    • Fly America Exception Form - this checklist form lives in the Accounts Payable (AP) Forms Library.  To be used when a traveler uses a foreign air carrier to request reimbursement on a Federal sponsored project.  This form must accompany the Travel & Business Expense report (TBER), to be submitted to AP.
    • Fly America/Open Skies Exceptions - Decision Tree Diagram (5/6/2014) - this diagram will help you determine if you are able to take advantage of an Open Skies Agreement exception to fly on a foreign carrier, or if you MUST fly on a U.S. Flag Carrier or code-shared flight.
    • List of U.S. Airline Codes - will help determine if foreign flights are code-shared on U.S. Flag carriers when making travel arrangements.  Look at your ticket or itinerary for the two-letter code.  If a U.S. Airline code is on the ticket or itinerary, then the flight is compliant with Fly America Act.  U.S. codes are provided at the top of this link.
    • Airline City Pair Program (CPP) Search Tool - use when determining if a CPP exists for travel to Australia, Switzerland, or Japan.  If search results exist, traveler MUST fly on a U.S. flag carrier or code-shared flight, and cannot take advantage of an Open Skies Agreement exception.