Canada's Airports Hail Open Skies with Ireland

    New air service agreement a good first step  to an European Union-wide
    Open Aviation accord

    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council today
welcomed the federal government's announcement that it has concluded a new
Open Skies agreement with Ireland, hailing it as a good first step to an
European Union-wide Open Aviation accord.
    "Ireland is one of Canada's most important tourism destinations and a
region with an important historical link to Canada," said CAC President and
CEO Jim Facette. "Open Skies with Ireland is a natural way to increase
trans-Atlantic tourism in our markets - a cross-oceanic trade that traces its
beginnings back to the very roots of our young nation's history."
    As one of the 27 members of the EU, Ireland also would be included in a
North Atlantic Open Aviation Area that Canada and the EU will be pursuing in
liberalization talks over the coming months. 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.
    "Open Skies with Ireland is historic in its own right, and an Open
Aviation Area with the EU is a natural next step. It would be a boon for
Canadian communities and the travelling public by allowing for more choice and
competition," said Mr. Facette.

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 45 members encompass 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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