New flights to Cancun, Mexico provide more choice for consumers

    OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
today announced that WestJet Airlines Ltd. has been designated to operate
scheduled international air services between Ottawa and Cancun, Mexico.
    "The Government of Canada's designation of this Canadian airline will
provide more choice for travellers, create new jobs and boost our economy,"
said Minister Baird. "It is proof of the excellent working relationship
between Canada and Mexico and also gives more economic flexibility to
    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 air services. These designations strengthen Canada's
competitive position in the air transportation industry by giving Canadian
airlines and airports greater access to international markets.
    The 1961 Canada-Mexico bilateral Air Transport Agreement, as amended in
1999 and 2007, governs scheduled air services between the two countries.

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