MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, today announced an expanded Canada-Philippines
Air Transport Agreement that allows for more flights between the two
countries. Minister Raitt, joined by Senator Tobias Enverga, made the
announcement at the Gateway Centre for New Canadians in Mississauga,
Ontario, home to a growing Canadian-Filipino community.
Reached under Canada's Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term,
sustainable competition and the development of international air
services, the newly expanded agreement with the Philippines offers:
increased flights to any destination between our two countries;
greater flexibility for airlines to offer air services using the flights
of airlines of other countries (i.e. code-sharing); and
greater flexibility for airlines to introduce new prices to respond to
The new rights under this expanded agreement are available for use by
There were close to 430,000 one-way passenger trips taken between Canada
and the Philippines in 2013, up 22.5 percent since 2008.
Under Canada's Blue Sky policy, the Government of Canada has concluded
new or expanded air transport agreements with more than 80 countries.
Last year marked a record year for Canada's Blue Sky policy, with 26 new or expanded international air
transport agreements announced—the most ever in a single year.
"The Government of Canada is committed to helping the Canadian air
industry increase its access to international markets. An expanded
agreement with a growing international air transport market like the
Philippines not only benefits our air sector, but also domestic
businesses, shippers and travellers who will now have more options."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
"Our government is committed to providing Canadians businesses,
including small-and-medium size enterprises, with the tools they need
to expand and succeed abroad, and that includes expanded air
agreements. When our businesses succeed abroad it creates jobs and
prosperity right here at home."
The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
Additional and up-to-date information on the Blue Sky policy and its
implementation can be found at: www.tc.gc.ca/bluesky.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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