Canada and Turkey successfully conclude air transport agreement

 OTTAWA, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time, an air transport agreement  is in place to allow scheduled flights to operate between Canada and the  Republic of Turkey. Today, Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, announced  the successful conclusion of an air transport agreement between the two  countries.  "Scheduled air services with Turkey would benefit Canada's tourism and provide  more convenience to travellers," said Minister Baird. "As one of our  Government's objectives under the Blue Sky policy, this will help increase  competitiveness for air travel."  The agreement provides rights that will allow airlines initially to operate  passenger and/or all-cargo air services with discretion to choose routings and  the cities in each other's territory to serve. Airlines will also have  flexibility in the setting of their prices allowing them to react quickly to  changing market conditions.  "By allowing the creation of new routes, this agreement will help Canadian  businesses accessing market opportunities in Turkey, while strengthening our  relationship with this long-standing and important partner," said the  Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the  Asia-Pacific Gateway.  Turkish Airlines intends to introduce non-stop flights between Istanbul and  Toronto this summer. Air Canada is reviewing the air rights now available with  a view to determining their possible use with airline alliance partners.  Canada's Blue Sky policy encourages competition and the development of new and  expanded international air services to benefit Canadian travellers, shippers,  and the tourism and business sectors. In recent years, Canada has successfully  expanded agreements covering all of its most important markets and plans to  continue opening up new opportunities for the Canadian air industry in 2009.  For further information: Ben Hamilton, Office of Transport Minister John Baird,  Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases  and speeches at www.tc.gc.ca/e-news and keep up to date on the latest from  Transport Canada. This news release may be made available in alternative  formats for persons with visual disabilities.  CO: Government of Canada ST: Ontario NI: TRN ORDER -0- Mar/20/2009 21:26 GMT    
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