Canada and Thailand modernise air transport agreement

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Canada and Thailand have modernised their air transport agreement, meaning up to 21 flights per week between the two countries.

The modernised agreement allows any number of Canadian and Thai airlines to serve any city in Canada and Thailand, establishing 21 flights per week for country, also enhancing rights allowing airlines to extend services to third countries (known as fifth freedom rights) on up to seven of the 21 flights.

Minister of transport, Marc Garneau says: “The Government of Canada is committed to helping the Canadian air industry increase its access to international markets. An expanded agreement with a growing international air transport market like Thailand not only benefits our air sector, but also Canadian businesses, shippers and travellers who will now have more options.”

Minister of international trade, Francois-Philippe Champagne says: “Expanded air transport links are yet another sign of the growing ties between Canada and Thailand, which contribute to deepening our trade relationship. Our government is committed to facilitating the movement of goods, services and people to help Canadian businesses expand, compete and succeed in markets around the world.”

The agreement was reached under Canada’s Blue Sky Policy, encouraging long-term, sustainable competition and development of international air services, and pending formal ratification procedures, the agreement is being applied on an administrative basis to allow carriers to begin planning new air services.