Canada and Costa Rica successfully conclude air transport agreement

    OTTAWA, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - A newly reached Open Skies-type air
transport agreement with Costa Rica is good news for travellers and Canadian
businesses, announced Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, and Minister of
International Trade, Stockwell Day.
    "This new agreement is a win-win for Canada's air travel industry and
consumers," said Minister Baird. "This announcement is another example of our
Government's commitment to forming partnerships with other countries, offering
competitive airline prices to travellers and boosting our economy."
    "This agreement will bring Canada and Costa Rica to a new level of
economic co-operation," said Minister Day. "It will help create new jobs for
our economy, expand market potential for our businesses and build connections
for our citizens. This agreement is another demonstration of our government's
commitment to further engagement with the Americas."
    The Canada-Costa Rica air transport agreement allows airlines to operate
own-aircraft and code-sharing scheduled air services between any bilateral
city-pairs. Code-sharing is a type of air service, which allows an airline to
sell seats in its name on the flights of another airline. This agreement also
allows airlines greater flexibility in scheduling and pricing of flights. In
conjunction with these services, airlines will also be permitted to sell
services between each other's country and third countries.
    The Canada-Costa Rican air travel market has grown and is now of interest
to many Canadian stakeholders. The rights contained in the new agreement are
not immediately available, giving airlines of both countries time to consider
opportunities and plan accordingly. The governments of both countries have
committed to completing the agreement's implementation requirements to allow
the new rights to become available as early as possible.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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