OTTAWA, 21 July 2015. Government officials in Canada are proactively establishing air transport agreements with other nations under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which enables Canadian airlines to better serve passengers travelling between Canada and these countries. This week, officials announced agreements with Nigeria, Mali, and Oman. To date, Canada holds new or expanded air transport agreements covering more than 85 countries – 30 of which took place over the past two years.
Canada’s Blue Sky policy encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services. For the first-time, code-sharing agreements will make travel to and from Nigeria, Mali, and Oman easier and more convenient, officials say.
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. The new rights under these agreements are available for use by airlines immediately.
"I am pleased to announce these three new air agreements with Nigeria, Mali, and Oman as they will offer more options and flexibility to Canadian travellers. These agreements demonstrate the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting the Canadian air industry by helping it expand its access to international markets," explains the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Canada.
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"Our Government is working to provide Canadians businesses, including small-and-medium size enterprises, with the tools they need to expand and succeed abroad, and that includes expanded air agreements. When our businesses succeed abroad, it creates jobs and prosperity right here at home," adds the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, Canada.