Further choices for Canadians flying to Mexico



    OTTAWA, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that Air Canada,
Air Transat, Skyservice Airlines Inc., Sunwing Airlines Inc., and WestJet
Airlines Ltd., have been designated to operate additional air services between
Canada and Mexico, in accordance with the recently-expanded bilateral air
transport agreement between the two countries. In addition, Cargojet has been
designated to operate all-cargo air services between Canada and Mexico.
    "I am pleased with these increased services, which will provide more
options for Canadians travelling and shipping goods to Mexico," said Minister
Cannon. "This increase in scheduled air services represents our government's
commitment to maintaining strong air links with our international partners,
and is a great example of continued growth in the Canadian airline industry."
    Under the provisions of Canada's international air transportation policy,
all Canadian air carriers may apply to the Minister for designation to operate
scheduled international services.

    A backgrounder with specific information about the new airline
designation allocations between Canada and Mexico is attached.

    

                                 Backgrounder
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      CITY-PAIR DESIGNATIONS FOR AIR SERVICES BETWEEN CANADA AND MEXICO
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    The 1961 Canada - Mexico bilateral Air Transport Agreement, as amended in
1999 and 2007, governs scheduled air services between the two countries.
    In addition to existing city-pairs for which carriers have already been
designated, the following city-pair designations for scheduled air transport
services from Canada to Mexico have been granted pursuant to the
recently-expanded agreement:

    Air Canada:

           - Vancouver-Huatulco
           - Calgary-Huatulco
           - Edmonton-Huatulco
           - Edmonton-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
           - Edmonton-Puerto Vallarta
           - Edmonton-San Jose del Cabo(*)
           - Winnipeg-Puerto Vallarta(*)
           - Toronto-Huatulco
           - Montreal-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

    Air Transat:

           - Victoria-Cancun
           - Vancouver-Huatulco
           - Vancouver-San Jose del Cabo
           - Kelowna-Puerto Vallarta
           - Calgary-Huatulco
           - Calgary-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
           - Calgary-San Jose del Cabo
           - Edmonton-Huatulco
           - Edmonton-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
           - Edmonton-San Jose del Cabo
           - Regina-Manzanillo
           - Saskatoon-Manzanillo
           - Winnipeg-Cancun
           - Winnipeg-Manzanillo
           - London-Cancun
           - Kitchener-Cancun
           - Hamilton-Cancun
           - Toronto-Huatulco
           - Ottawa-Cancun
           - Québec-Puerto Vallarta
           - St. John's-Cancun

    WestJet:

           - Vancouver-Cancun(*)
           - Vancouver-Mazatlan
           - Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta(*)
           - Calgary-Cancun(*)
           - Calgary-Puerto Vallarta
           - Edmonton-Cancun
           - Edmonton-Puerto Vallarta
           - Winnipeg-Cancun(*)
           - Winnipeg-Mazatlan
           - Winnipeg-Puerto Vallarta
           - Toronto-Cancun(*)
           - Toronto-Puerto Vallarta(*)
           - Montreal-Cancun
           - Halifax-Cancun

    Skyservice:

           - Edmonton-Cancun(*)
           - Toronto-Cancun(*)
           - Toronto-Puerto Vallarta
           - Ottawa-Cancun(*)
           - Halifax-Cancun(*)

    Sunwing:

           - Vancouver-Cancun
           - Vancouver-Mazatlan
           - Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta
           - Calgary-Cancun
           - Calgary-Puerto Vallarta(*)
           - Edmonton-Puerto Vallarta(*)
           - Winnipeg-Cancun
           - Winnipeg-Puerto Vallarta
           - Toronto-Cancun
           - Toronto-Cozumel
           - Toronto-San Jose del Cabo
           - Montreal-Cancun
           - Montreal-Puerto Vallarta
           - Québec-Cancun
           - St. John's-Cancun

    (*)Effective December 9, 2009

    Cargojet to operate scheduled own-aircraft all-cargo air services on
    three routes immediately:

           - Hamilton-Guadalajara
           - Hamilton-Mexico City
           - Hamilton-Monterrey

                                                                    June 2008
    




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is
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