OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ — The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade,
today announced Canada's successful conclusion of negotiations with
Panama resulting in an expanded Air Transport Agreement.
The expanded agreement, which is being applied immediately, builds on
the 2008 Canada-Panama Air Transport Agreement by allowing for
increased flight frequencies between both countries, as well as greater
flexibility for airlines to offer more air services using the flights
of other airlines, commonly known as code-sharing.
"The Government of Canada continues to expand our international air
transport relationships through the implementation of its Blue Sky
Policy," said Minister Raitt "This expanded air transport agreement
with Panama is expected to facilitate travel to and from Panama to the
benefit of Canadian travellers and businesses."
"Panama is a priority market under our new Global Markets Action Plan,
and this expanded air agreement will help support Canadian businesses,
particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, operating in this
important emerging economy," added Minister Fast. "This agreement,
along with our free trade agreement with Panama which came into force
this year, is an example of how our government is using a full range of
tools to facilitate trade, remove barriers and create jobs."
The Government of Canada's approach to expanding its air transport
relationships is consistent with Canada's Blue Sky policy, which
encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of
new or expanded international air services. Under this policy, the
Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport
agreements covering almost 80 countries, including:
Open Skies-type agreements with 16 countries: Barbados, Brazil, Costa
Rica, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Iceland,
Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Sint Maarten, South Korea,
Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Expanded agreements with 19 countries: Algeria, China, Cuba, Egypt,
Ethiopia, India, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan,
Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa
First-time agreements with 18 countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina
Faso, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, the Gambia, Kenya, Kuwait, Macedonia,
Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Tunisia and
A comprehensive air transport agreement between Canada and 28 of the
European Union's member states (includes Ireland and Croatia).
Additional and up-to-date information on the Blue Sky policy and its
implementation can be found at: www.tc.gc.ca/bluesky.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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