Canada's new Government announces Blue Sky agreement with Ireland

    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable David
Emerson, Minister of International Trade, today announced an Open Skies
agreement with Ireland under the Government of Canada's Blue Sky policy.
    The previous bilateral agreement on air services with Ireland, which has
been in place since 1947, has been replaced by a new agreement permitting
fully flexible airline operations with strong aviation safety and security
    "This new arrangement is a very positive development in our long-standing
air transport relations with Ireland. I am pleased to have this new agreement
between Canada and Ireland in place, " said Minister Cannon. "The removal of
market access restrictions will lead to the introduction of new air services
between our two countries, providing more choices for Canadian passengers,
shippers, air carriers and airports."
    The new agreement will allow air carriers to provide services between any
city in Canada and Ireland. Canadian carriers will be allowed to use Ireland
as a platform to serve a third country and vice versa. It will also allow
airlines to react quickly to market conditions in the setting of their prices
and frequency of services.
    "This new agreement will support the growth of the strong business ties
between Canada and Ireland, and will also facilitate travel for Irish tourists
coming to Canada," said Minister Emerson. "This agreement will also create
more opportunities for Canadian business to export and invest in Ireland."
    The new agreement takes effect immediately. This is the third Open Skies
agreement signed as part of this Government's Blue Sky policy.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Karyn Standen, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
993-0055; Jennifer Chiu, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of
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