More choices for air travellers heading to Mexico

    OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that WestJet,
Skyservice Airlines Inc., and Sunwing Airlines Inc. are now designated to
operate scheduled international air services between Canada and Mexico, and
Air Transat is now designated to operate additional scheduled air services
between the two countries, in accordance with the existing bilateral air
transport agreement.
    "I am pleased with these new services, which will provide more options
for Canadians travelling to Mexico on scheduled air services," said Minister
Cannon. "Canada's New Government is committed to maintaining strong air links
with our international partners, while encouraging development of the Canadian
airline industry."
    Under the provisions of Canada's international air transportation policy,
all Canadian air carriers may apply to the Minister for designation to operate
scheduled international services.

    A backgrounder with specific information about the new airline
designation allocations between Canada and Mexico is attached.



    The 1961 Canada - Mexico bilateral Air Transport Agreement, as amended in
1999, governs scheduled air services between the two countries.
    As of June 2007, the new airline designations for own-aircraft scheduled
air service from Canada to Mexico are as follows:

    Air Transat:(*)

    - Vancouver - Manzanillo
    - Victoria - Puerto Vallarta
    - Calgary - Manzanillo
    - Edmonton - Manzanillo
    - Regina - Puerto Vallarta
    - Regina - Cancun
    - Saskatoon - Puerto Vallarta
    - Saskatoon - Cancun

    (*) These supplement the carrier's existing city-pair designation


    - Vancouver - San Jose del Cabo
    - Vancouver - Manzanillo
    - Calgary - San Jose del Cabo
    - Calgary - Mazatlan
    - Calgary - Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
    - Calgary - Manzanillo
    - Edmonton - San Jose del Cabo
    - Edmonton - Mazatlan
    - Edmonton - Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
    - Edmonton - Manzanillo

    Skyservice Airlines Inc.:

    - Victoria - Puerto Vallarta
    - Edmonton - San Jose del Cabo
    - Regina - Puerto Vallarta
    - Regina - Cancun
    - Saskatoon - Puerto Vallarta
    - Saskatoon - Cancun
    - Ottawa - Acapulco
    - Toronto - Cozumel
    - Toronto - Huatulco

    Sunwing Airlines Inc.:

    - London - Cancun

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Kirsten Goodnough, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
993-0055; Transport Canada is online at Subscribe to news
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