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OTTAWA, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade,
are pleased to announce that Canada has successfully concluded new and
expanded air transport agreements with seven countries spanning several
regions of the world.
The amended agreements with Algeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and Turkey
expand Canada's existing air transport relationships by allowing
airlines to introduce more flight options and routings, which benefit
passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience.
First-time bilateral air transport agreements have also been reached
with Burkina Faso, Ecuador and Macedonia. These new agreements will
help develop air travel markets between Canada and these countries by
providing full flexibility for airlines to offer air services using the
flights of other airlines, commonly referred to as code-sharing, and to
adjust prices according to market conditions.
Today's announcements come as the 38th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO)
Assembly wrapped up last week at its headquarters in Montreal.
"This has been a great two weeks for Canada's aviation industry and
those who benefit from it," said Minister Raitt. "We have solidified
our position as a leader in international aviation. Canada is the
natural home of ICAO and an innovative model for the development of
safe, secure and sustainable aviation. We are also continuing to build
and expand air transport relationships as demonstrated by today's
announcement. These relationships will provide more commercial
opportunities to the Canadian air industry and are important for the
competitiveness of our business and tourism sectors. They also give
travellers and shippers more choice and convenience."
"Today's announcement is yet another example of how our government's
broad and ambitious pro-trade plan will benefit Canadian workers,
exporters and businesses," said Minister Fast. "The expansion of air
transport relationships goes hand in hand with opening new markets
around the world, which we know creates jobs, growth and long-term
prosperity here at home."
The rights under most of these agreements are being applied
administratively, which allows new air services to be introduced
The Government of Canada's approach to expanding its air transport
relationships is consistent with Canada's Blue Sky policy, which
encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of
new or expanded international air services. Under this policy, the
Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport
agreements covering almost 80 countries, including:
Open Skies-type agreements with 16 countries: Barbados, Brazil, Costa
Rica, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Iceland,
Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Sint Maarten, South Korea,
Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Expanded agreements with 18 countries: Algeria, China, Cuba, Egypt,
Ethiopia, India, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan,
Peru, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, and
First-time agreements with 19 countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina
Faso, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, the Gambia, Kenya, Kuwait, Macedonia,
Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Tunisia
A comprehensive air transport agreement between Canada and 27 of the
European Union's member states.
Additional and up-to-date information on the Blue Sky policy and its
implementation can be found at: www.tc.gc.ca/bluesky.
For more information about Canada's contribution to ICAO: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/releases-2013-h122e-7356.html
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Office Foreign Affairs, Trade
and Development Canada
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