Canada reaches Blue Sky agreement with New Zealand

    OTTAWA, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - An Open Skies air transport agreement
between Canada and New Zealand was announced today by the Honourable
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and
the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade.
    "I am pleased with the new air transport agreement with New Zealand,
which is in line with Canada's Blue Sky international air transportation
policy," said Minister Cannon. "This agreement marks another step forward in
providing a greater range of options for Canadian travellers, shippers and
    The new agreement allows any number of air carriers from either country
to operate passenger and all-cargo scheduled air services as frequently as
desired, to and from any point in either country's territory. Air carriers
will also be able to pick up traffic in each other's territory and continue to
a third country as part of a service to or from their home territory.
    The agreement also provides for enhanced all-cargo rights, allowing
stand-alone cargo services between each other's territory and third countries,
and includes a fully flexible tariff regime.
    "Canada is in tune with the needs of business and is taking action to
address the evolving nature of air carrier services," said Minister Emerson.
"Canada's new air agreement with New Zealand will improve access for business
travellers, support more flexible air services and help increase the trade
potential between our two countries."
    Once ratified, the new air transport agreement between the two countries
will replace the 1985 agreement currently in force.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Jennifer Chiu, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the
Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, Ottawa, (613) 992-7332; Lucie Vignola,
Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Trade Media
Relations Office, Foreign Affairs and International, Trade Canada, (613)
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