DAILY NEWS Dec 30, 2013 8:35 AM - 0 comments

Transport Canada says 2013 a "record year" for international air transport relations

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OTTAWA, Ont.--Transport Canada is calling 2013 a record year for negotiated international air transport agreements. The Government of Canada successfully concluded air transport negotiations with Azerbaijan, Burundi, Haiti and Togo, resulting in new and expanded air transport agreements between Canada and these countries.

The total number of new or expanded international air transport agreements Canada has announced with various countries amounts to an unprecedented 26 for the 2013 year.

The expanded agreement with Haiti, which builds on the 1978 Bilateral Air Transport Agreement, allows multiple airlines to operate scheduled air services. It also provides air carriers the ability to introduce new prices more quickly, giving them greater flexibility to respond to consumer demand.

The new agreements with Azerbaijan, Burundi and Togo allow for more convenience for travellers through code-sharing services. Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings.

These agreements, achieved under Canada’s Blue Sky Policy, aim to promote a competitive air transport industry that meets the needs of travelling Canadians and businesses. The new rights are immediately available to carriers to use based on their own commercial considerations.

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