Canadians to benefit from new and expanded air transport agreements

On Jan. 16, 2019, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced new or expanded air transport agreements between Canada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Algeria, Qatar, Jordan, Côte-d’Ivoire and Mongolia.

As these new or expanded agreements are being administratively applied, the new rights under these new and expanded agreements are available for use by airlines immediately.

The new agreement with St. Vincent and the Grenadines is an Open Skies-type agreement, which allows an unlimited number of passenger and cargo flights between Canada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The expanded air transport agreements with Algeria, Qatar and Jordan allow designated airlines to operate more flights per week to and from Canada. The expanded Canada-Jordan agreement also allows designated airlines to serve any city in the other country’s territory.

The modernized agreement with Côte-d’Ivoire has been expanded to include a fully open and flexible code-sharing regime. The first-time agreement with Mongolia provides an open and flexible code-sharing regime and will help to strengthen the burgeoning bilateral air transport relationship. 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.