Thursday, 4 January 2018

Canadians to benefit from new and expanded air transport agreements

From visiting friends and family to getting goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on a robust aviation industry with diverse international air services. Expanding Canada's existing air transport relationships allows airlines to introduce more flight options and routings, which benefit passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that Canada has successfully concluded new and amended air transport agreements with Ethiopia, Cameroon, South Africa, Qatar and Morocco.

The amended agreement with Ethiopia allows designated carriers to offer up to five flights per week (up from three). The new agreement with Cameroon as well as amended agreements with South Africa and Qatar facilitate the operation of code-sharing between Canada and these countries. Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another air carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings.The amendment to the agreement with Morocco provides flexibility for both own-aircraft and code-share services.

The new rights under these new and amended agreements are available for use by airlines immediately.

Quick Facts

These new and amended agreements were reached under Canada's Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services. 

Under the Blue Sky Policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements covering more than 100 countries.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport said, "The Government of Canada is working to develop and expand our air transport relationships with our many partner countries around the world. These agreements are good news for travellers and shippers, and we will continue to provide Canadians with more and better travel options in the future."

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade also commented "Transport agreements help Canadian businesses of all sizes expand, compete and succeed in markets around the world. New and amended air transport agreements with Ethiopia, Cameroon, South Africa, Qatar and Morocco benefit Canadian businesses by facilitating increased trade flows while in turn, creating jobs at home for the middle-class."

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