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Expanded Air Services Agreement

Canada gives the ok for more flights to the Caribbean

Robert Kelly, eTN  Feb 22, 2010

The Caribbean Tourism Industry is delighted to learn that effective immediately Canada has approved more flights to the region according to Canadian government officials.

Canada's transport minister, John Baird, and minister of international trade, Peter Van Loan, said the country has successfully concluded an expanded air services agreement with Cuba "which will allow more airlines from both countries to immediately operate scheduled air services to any Canadian or Cuban cities."

Transport minister Baird said two additional Canadian Airlines were able to apply to the Canadian Transportation Agency to offer new flights between Canada and Cuba. He also annouced that an additional Canadian airline will immediately offer new flights between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.

"In the past few years, the governemnt of Canada has moved at an incredible pace to negotiate new or expanded international agreements and this current agreement provides even greater options for Canadians travelling south," Baird said in a statement.

"Over the past four years, we have worked to provide airlines with more flexibilty to increase the number of convenient flights and cheaper fares to help travelers, businesses, shippers, and the tourism industry," the minister added.

Meanwhile minister Van Loan indicated that Canada is "leading the way in creating better trade and travel links throughout the Americas and the world."

"This agreement builds on the agreements we have signed or updated since 2006, which now totals nearly 50 countries including Barbados, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico," he said.

Baird said Westjet and Sunwing will operate scheduled intetrnational air services between Canada and Cuba and that Westjet will commence flights to Trinidad and Tobago in May.

Several caribbean countries including Jamaica are expecting increase business from Canada this winter season.

Canada gives the ok for more flights to the Caribbean
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