The Government of Canada announces greater flexibility for air services with Mexico



    OTTAWA, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada today announced
amendments to the bilateral air transport agreement with Mexico. These
amendments mark a significant step towards modernizing air services between
the two countries. The announcement was made by the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the
Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics.
    "I am very pleased with the new air services arrangements between Canada
and Mexico. These amendments reflect the importance of our long-standing
aviation relationship," said Minister Cannon. "The expanded provisions are
consistent with Canada's Blue Sky policy approach and are expected to produce
benefits for passengers, shippers, air carriers and airports."
    The new provisions provide greater market access options for airlines
from both countries for passenger, combination and all-cargo services.
Airlines will also have greater pricing flexibility to respond to market
conditions in a more competitive and timely manner. The new provisions also
provide all-cargo air carriers with more opportunities to facilitate and
expedite the flow of cargo between both countries.
    "Mexico is one of Canada's largest trading partners and a premier travel
destination for Canadians," said Minister Emerson. "These new air arrangements
will allow for the continued expansion of our commercial ties with Mexico by
making the supply chain links between our two countries stronger and more
efficient."
    Over 840,000 Canadian tourists visit Mexico each year - making it one of
our most preferred tourist destinations. In 2006, Mexico was Canada's
fifth-largest customer with exports at $4.4 billion. Mexico was Canada's
third-largest supplier with imports reaching $16 billion.
    The negotiations followed recent discussions between Minister Cannon and
Mexican Secretary of Transportation Luis Téllez Kuenzler regarding the
importance of the bilateral air transport relationship and recent growth in
bilateral air traffic. Delegations from both countries have agreed to meet
again in 2009 to explore further areas of modernization and liberalization.

    The amendments will be applied immediately. Air carriers are reviewing
the amendments to determine what new air services initiatives may be
introduced.




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; François
Jubinville, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the
Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, (613) 992-7332; Trade Media Relations Office,
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, (613) 996-2000 
www.international.gc.ca; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe
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