Canada refuses additional landing rights to UAE carriers

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Canada’s refusal to grant additional landing rights to United Arab Emirates’ airlines was “disappointing”, the official WAM news agency reported.

According to Bloomberg, U.A.E.’s ambassador to Canada Mohammed Abdullah al-Ghafli said the failure will certainly affect relations between the two countries, after five-year talks concluded, the news service said.

Canada is preparing to relocate forces bound for Afghanistan to Cyprus from a base near Dubai after the talks on landing rights broke down, Toronto’s Globe And Mail reported on Oct. 8, citing people familiar with the talks. The U.A.E. gave Canada 30 days to relocate its troops, the newspaper said.

Bloomberg reports that U.A.E. carriers, including Emirates airline, have been seeking dozens of new landing slots in Canada, contending that the six weekly flights currently allowed are not enough to cover demand. Transport Canada, the government agency that oversees the airline industry, and Air Canada opposed granting more slots on concerns that U.A.E. carriers may eat into Air Canada’s traffic to cities such as Frankfurt.