Under the country’s Blue Sky Policy, Canada has made air transport agreements with Azerbaijan, Burundi, Haiti and Togo in order to increase competition in the air transport industry. The deals, announced last Monday, Dec. 23, are a record for the Canadian government, bringing the number of new or expanded international air transport agreements to 26 for 2013.
“With a record 26 international air agreements announced in 2013, Canada’s skies have never been more open to airline competition,” said Lisa Raitt, minister of transport.
The new agreements with Azerbaijan, Burundi and Togo include code-sharing services allowing air carriers to sell seats on other carriers’ flights, making mutual network expansion possible.
The Haiti agreement expands the 1978 Bilateral Air Transport Agreement, allowing air carriers to introduce new prices at quicker rates to better match demand. The agreement additionally allows airlines to operate scheduled air services.
The new rights are effective immediately.