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October29,2015

SecretaryAnthonyFoxx
U.S.DepartmentofTransportation
1200NewJerseyAve,SE
Washington,DistrictofColumbia20590

JohnJ.Degnan,ChairmanoftheBoardofCommissioners
PatrickJ.Foye,ExecutiveDirector
ThePortAuthorityofNewYorkandNewJersey
4WorldTradeCenter,150GreenwichStreet
NewYork,NewYork10007

Gentlemen:

WewritetodaytobringtoyourattentionthetroublinganddiscriminatorypracticeofKuwait
AirwaysCorporation(KuwaitAirways)inrefusingtosellticketstoIsraelipassportholdersa
practicewhichhasalreadybeendeterminedbytheU.S.DepartmentofTransportation(USDOT)tobe
inviolationoffederalantidiscriminationlaw,andislikewiseaclearviolationofKuwaitAirwayslease
withthePortAuthorityofNewYorkandNewJersey(PortAuthority).

Asyouknow,KuwaitAirwaysfliesoutofJFKInternationalAirport,afacilitycontrolledbythe
PortAuthority,andrefusestosellairlineticketstoIsraelipassportholders.OnSeptember30,2015,
USDOTformallydeterminedthatKuwaitAirwayspolicyisinviolationoffederallaw(
49U.S.C.
41310),whichprohibitsaforeignaircarrierfromsubjectingaperson,place,port,ortypeoftrafficin
foreignairtransportationtounreasonablediscrimination.KuwaitAirwayspolicyis
afortiori
amaterial
breachofitsPortAuthoritylease,whichevenmorespecificallybarsdiscriminationintheprovisionof
services
onthegroundsofrace,color,creed,
nationalorigin
,orsex.

WethereforecallonbothUSDOTandthePortAuthoritytoensurethatKuwaitAirwayssells
ticketstoIsraelipassportholdersonequaltermsasotherpassengers,orelseitsleaseagreementand
abilitytoflyoutofJFKAirportbeterminated.ItisintolerablethatKuwaitAirwaysblatant
discriminationandviolationofbothU.S.lawanditsPortAuthorityleasebepermittedtocontinue.

Sincerely,

RoryI.Lancman
DanielGarodnick
CouncilMember
CouncilMember
District24
District24

CoreyJohnson
CouncilMember
District3

DavidGreenfield
CouncilMember
District44

HelenRosenthal
CouncilMember
District6

ChaimDeutsch
CouncilMember
District48

KarenKoslowitz
CouncilMember
District29

MarkTreyger
CouncilMember
District47

MarkLevine
CouncilMember
District7

FernandoCabrera
CouncilMember
District14