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Canada signs air transport agreements with Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Curaçao and Sint Maarten

18-Apr-2012 10:46 AM

Government of Canada announced (13-Apr-2012) the signing of air transport agreements with Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Curaçao and Sint Maarten as follows:  

  • Colombia: This first-time agreement with Colombo, Canada’s largest air transport market in South America, allows airlines to operate passenger and all-cargo services between Canada and Colombia and to combine such air services with select third-countries. The agreement allows maximum flexibility relating to code-sharing. The rights under the agreement are being applied on an administrative basis, allowing air carriers to take advantage of the negotiated rights immediately;
  • Honduras, Nicaragua, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten: Open-Skies type agreements were negotiated covering the following elements for scheduled passenger and all-cargo services:
    • Open bilateral markets/access (no limits on destinations);
    • No limit on the number of airlines permitted to operate;
    • No limit on the permitted frequency of service or aircraft type;
    • Market-based pricing regime for bilateral and third-country services;
    • Open and flexible regime for the operation of code-sharing services;
    • Unrestricted services to and from third-countries; and
    • Rights for stand-alone all-cargo operations between the Partner’s territory and third countries.

The new agreement with Honduras will allow Canadian airlines to introduce and subsequently expand scheduled air services to Honduras. The agreement will take effect once it is ratified by both countries. The Open Skies-type agreements with Nicaragua, Curaçao and Sint Maarten will allow Canadian air carriers to expand existing services. The rights under these agreements are being applied on an administrative basis, allowing air carriers to take advantage of the negotiated rights immediately. [more - original PR]