OTTAWA, July 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced new air transport agreements with Nigeria, Mali and Oman, which will allow Canadian airlines to better serve passengers travelling between Canada and these countries.
Reached under Canada's Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services, the first-time, code-sharing agreements will make travel to and from Nigeria, Mali and Oman easier and more convenient. Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings.
The new rights under these agreements are available for use by airlines immediately.
- Under Canada's Blue Sky policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements covering more than 85 countries.
- Over the past two years alone, Canada announced new or expanded agreements with 30 countries.
"I am pleased to announce these three new air agreements with Nigeria, Mali and Oman as they will offer more options and flexibility to Canadian travellers. These agreements demonstrate the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting the Canadian air industry by helping it expand its access to international markets."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
"Our Government is working to provide Canadians businesses, including small-and-medium size enterprises, with the tools they need to expand and succeed abroad, and that includes expanded air agreements. When our businesses succeed abroad, it creates jobs and prosperity right here at home."
The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
Additional and up-to-date information on the Blue Sky policy and its implementation can be found at: www.tc.gc.ca/bluesky.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Zach Segal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055