Canada's Airports Commend Government on European Free Trade Progress

    CAC welcomes multilateral approach to free trade

    OTTAWA, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council today
commended the federal government for reaching a new trade deal with the
European Free Trade Association countries of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and
Liechtenstein, welcoming the government's renewed multilateral approach to
trade talks that also includes upcoming air service talks with the EU.
    "In a highly integrated world economy, Canada's progress on free trade
agreements, including important liberalization in air service agreements,
means good news for Canada through increased trade of goods and tourists,"
said CAC President and CEO Jim Facette. "Over the coming months, Canada's
airports look forward to continued multilateral trade liberalization,
including more Open Skies deals such as the one being pursued with the EU."
    The new trade agreement with EFTA and news of upcoming free trade talks
with Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic were part of a speech delivered
by International Trade Minister David Emerson today, in which he also
highlighted the importance of air service agreements. Earlier this week, Prime
Minister Stephen Harper announced from Europe that air liberalization talks
with the EU will begin this fall.
    The EU is Canada's second biggest trading partner after the U.S., with
some $70.1 billion in imports/exports. Traffic between Canada and the EU has
doubled between 2000 and 2005 and the EU is Canada's second largest source of
tourists. More than half of Canada's overseas tourists hail from Europe.
    "An important partner for both trade and tourism, Europe is a great
example of how trade and air policy truly are linked with important potential
benefits to be realized for both the passenger and cargo air sectors through
trade and air service liberalization" said Mr. Facette. "Canada's airports
support the government's continued liberalization of our air regimes with
other countries - either in tandem with overall trade liberalization talks or
as stand-alone initiatives."
    In addition to the EU, the CAC has encouraged the federal government to
include a multi-lateral air service approach to other regions of the world,
such as Latin America.

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 44 members represent more than 150 airports, including all of the National
Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in
every province and territory. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of
the nation's air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic
passenger traffic. They create well in excess of $30 billion in economic
activity in the communities they serve. And more than 150,000 jobs are
directly associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more
than $8 billion annually.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel-Robert Gooch, Director of
Communications,  Canadian Airports Council, (613) 560-9302, ext 16,

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