12 October 2012
The Government of Canada is committed to facilitating the development of new international air services in support of the Canadian tourism and business sectors. The air transport agreement announced today will provide shippers and travellers with more flight options and routes to Senegal.
The first-time air transport agreement with Senegal represents an important step forward for the development of aviation relations between the two countries.
- Provides full flexibility for airlines to offer air services using the flights of other airlines, commonly referred to as code-sharing, and to adjust prices according to market conditions;
- Allows airlines to introduce more flight options and routes, which can benefit passengers and businesses in terms of price and convenience; and,
- Facilitates greater economic activity, and strengthens Canada’s ties with Senegal.
The rights under the agreement are being applied on an administrative basis, pending formal ratification, allowing air carriers to take advantage of the negotiated rights immediately.
Canada’s Blue Sky Policy
This agreement is the result of the implementation of Canada’s Blue Sky policy, introduced in 2006. This policy provides a framework that encourages long-term and sustainable competition and the development of new and expanded international air services to benefit Canadian travellers, shippers, and the tourism and business sectors. Under this policy, the Government of Canada has concluded open, new or expanded air transport agreements covering over 60 countries, including:
- Open Skies-type agreements with 16 countries: Barbados, Brazil, Costa Rica, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Sint Maarten, South Korea, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago;
- Expanded agreements with 10 countries: Algeria, China, Cuba, Egypt, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines and Singapore;
- New “first-time” agreements with 14 countries: Colombia, Croatia, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Panama, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey and Qatar; and,
- A comprehensive air transport agreement between Canada and the European Union’s 27 member states.