New air transport agreements offer more choice for exporters

Canada has successfully concluded new and expanded air transport agreements with seven countries spanning several regions of the world.

The amended agreements with Algeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and Turkey expand Canada’s existing air transport relationships by allowing airlines to introduce more flight options and routings, which benefit passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced.

First-time bilateral air transport agreements have also been reached with Burkina Faso, Ecuador and Macedonia. These new agreements will help develop air travel markets between Canada and these countries by providing full flexibility for airlines to offer air services using the flights of other airlines, commonly referred to as code-sharing, and to adjust prices according to market conditions...

“Today’s announcement is yet another example of how our government’s broad and ambitious pro-trade plan will benefit Canadian workers, exporters and businesses,” said Minister Fast. “The expansion of air transport relationships goes hand in hand with opening new markets around the world...

The rights under most of these agreements are being applied administratively, which allows new air services to be introduced immediately.

This has been excerpted from 8 October 2013 article by the Canadian Transportation & Logistics, and is available in its entirety at