Canada, U.S. reach open skies deal on transporting passengers, cargo

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Canada, U.S. reach open skies deal on transporting passengers, cargo

Fri Nov 11,10:47 AM ET


OTTAWA (CP) - Canada has reached a deal with Washington to liberalize air travel and cargo transport between the two countries and beyond.
The deal, reached after several days of talks in Washington this week, will make it easier for Canadian carriers to move goods and people to the U.S. and beyond.
Transport Minister Jean Lapierre says he hopes the pact - which expands the 1995 open skies treaty - will encourage Canadians to develop new markets and services, at lower prices.
The original agreement allowed Canada and the U.S. to fly back and forth between their two countries but limited their ability to fly between each other's territory and a third country.
This deal could now allow a flight originating in one country to pick up passengers and cargo in the other country and fly on to a third.
That would mean, for instance, that a Canadian airline could take passengers from Montreal to Florida, pick up American passengers and then take them on to Cancun, Mexico.
However, there's still little political will for major changes, like allowing airlines to fly passengers between cities in the other country or changing foreign ownership levels of Canadian airlines.
 
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