Canadian Transportation Agency Issues Formal Warning to Go Travel Direct



    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency today
issued a formal warning to Go Travel Direct for a violation of section 59 of
the Canada Transportation Act. The Act specifies that no person shall sell,
cause to be sold or publicly offer for sale in Canada an air service unless
the person holds a licence issued in respect of that service.
    This warning follows an investigation by the Agency concerning the
advertising and possible selling of flights from Canada to London, United
Kingdom and Paris, France by Go Travel Direct using Finnair OYJ. If the
offence is repeated any time within the next four years, it could result in an
Administrative Monetary Penalty of up to $25,000 per violation.
    As of today, the Agency has still not received an application from
Finnair OYJ or any other airline requesting a licence or charter permit to
operate these flights advertised by Go Travel Direct.
    Any air carrier contemplating operating charter flights between Canada
and another country must satisfy the requirements of the Air Transportation
Regulations. First the carrier must hold the necessary licence for that
country and then it must obtain a charter permit. Licences state the countries
between which the carrier can fly. Any application for a licence or charter
permit is subject to the Agency's approval, which is not automatic.
    Travellers making arrangements may wish to verify that the air carrier
has a valid licence for the service it is offering. This can be done through
the Agency Web site Licencing Search (link to
http://forms.cta-otc.gc.ca/AirLicences/Search_e.cfm)

    The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent quasi-judicial
tribunal that regulates various modes of transportation under Government of
Canada jurisdiction, including air, marine and rail. Through its inspection
and investigation program, the Agency monitors and enforces compliance with
the Canada Transportation Act and related regulations.




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