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June 27, 2006

27 June 2006

Canada and the liberalization of air transport markets over the Atlantic

MEI’s Flashpoint on the liberalization of air transport markets

Last April, Canada and the United Kingdom announced an "Open Sky" agreement which, when concluded, will represent another major step in the liberalization process of the air transport market between the two countries. The agreement was reported to provide for unlimited so-called "Fifth Freedom Rights" for both countries to enable Canadian airlines to carry traffic to and from third countries through the U.K. The same reciprocal rights are to be available, of course, to British carriers through Canada. It remains to be seen whether the European Commission, which has successfully contested the rights of the European Union members to negotiate air bilateral deals independently of Brussels, will choose to challenge this agreement.

 

Links of interest

Canada-Europe open skies agreement: Ottawa should initiate talks, says former Air Canada CEO Pierre Jeanniot :: Media release, June 27, 2006

Towards open skies for airlines in Canada :: Economic Note on the current international trend toward open markets in aviation, May 12, 2005

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