OTTAWA, Dec. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Ed Fast,
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific
Gateway, today announced that the existing bilateral air transport
agreement between Canada and Saudi Arabia has been expanded. The
amendments, which were recently negotiated during the ICAO Air Services
Negotiation Conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will give additional
flexibility for airlines of both countries to determine routings and
pricing, and allow them to respond to market developments more rapidly.
"This expanded air transport agreement will facilitate the movement of
people and goods and will provide new business opportunities for
Canada's air industry to the benefit of consumers," said Minister
Lebel. "I am pleased to announce these amendments which allow airlines
of both countries to introduce new direct services."
Under the expanded agreement, there is a fully open framework related to
air services using the flights of other airlines, commonly referred to
as code-sharing, which supports efforts by Canadian air carriers to
expand services. In addition, the expanded agreement now includes
dedicated cargo rights which will support trade links with Saudi
"This expanded air transport agreement will support Canada's
international trade objectives with Saudi Arabia, a priority country
under the Global Commerce Strategy," said Minister Fast. "This will
help Canadian companies to expand their business in that part of the
"Today's announcement is yet another example of how our government's
broad and ambitious trade plan will benefit Canadian workers, exporters
and businesses," added Minister Fast. "An expanded air transport
agreement with Saudi Arabia supports Canada's trade objectives and
helps our overall efforts to strengthen economic ties with the Gulf
Cooperation Council region as a whole."
Canada's Blue Sky policy encourages long-term, sustainable competition
and the development of new or expanded international air services.
Under this policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or
expanded air transport agreements covering close to 70 countries,
Open Skies-type agreements with 16 countries: Ireland, Iceland, New
Zealand, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, South Korea, El
Salvador, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Brazil, Honduras,
Nicaragua, Sint Maarten and Curaçao;
Expanded agreements with 12 countries: Mexico, Japan, Jordan, Singapore,
the Philippines, Morocco, Cuba, Egypt, Algeria, China, India and Saudi
New "first-time" agreements with 11 countries: Kuwait, Serbia, Croatia,
Panama, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Qatar, Colombia, and
A comprehensive air transport agreement between Canada and the European
Union's 27 member states.
First-time agreements are new agreements with countries with which
Canada previously had no bilateral air transportation relationship.
Expanded agreements build on existing bilateral air transportation
rights between two countries. Open skies-type agreements are very broad and include no restrictions in terms of capacity or cities to be served.
Additional and up-to-date information on the Blue Sky policy and its
implementation can be found at: www.tc.gc.ca/bluesky.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Geneviève Sicard Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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