Canada Concludes Blue Sky Agreement with the Dominican Republic



    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Michael M
Fortier, Minister of International Trade, today announced the conclusion of a
new Blue Skies bilateral air transport agreement with the Dominican Republic.
    The agreement allows airlines of both countries to serve any cities in
both Canada and the Dominican Republic with their own aircraft and
code-sharing services, for both passenger and all-cargo flights. Air carriers
can freely decide the frequency of services and prices to be offered.
    "This agreement is another step forward in the implementation of this
government's Blue Sky international air transportation policy which was put in
place to open air transport markets," said Minister Cannon. "It will be
beneficial for travellers and shippers, airports and airlines of both
countries."
    The Dominican Republic is one of Canada's largest air travel markets and
an important tourism destination for Canadians. In conjunction with flights
between the two countries, services may also be offered to and from
third countries.
    "This agreement is part of our ongoing efforts to deepen our engagement
in the Americas and will facilitate growth in trade, investment and tourism
for Canadian business," said Minister Fortier. "Canadian travellers will also
benefit from the strong safety and security provisions as well as the
increased flexibility in flight availability."
    Canada is also engaged in bilateral free trade agreement negotiations
with the Dominican Republic. In 2007, bilateral merchandise trade between
Canada and the Dominican Republic totalled $311 million, with Canadian exports
accounting for $198 million and imports totalling $113 million. From 2006 to
2007, Canadian merchandise exports to the Dominican Republic increased
21 per cent.
    The new rights are likely to result in a greater range of travel options
for passengers and businesses. Airlines are currently reviewing the new
agreement to determine what new services may be offered.




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For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Christopher Hilton, Director of Communications, Office of the
Minister of International Trade, (613) 944-1098; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Trade Media Relations Office, Foreign Affairs
and International Trade Canada, (613) 996-2000 www.international.gc.ca;
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