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 
"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 Subscribe to news releases 
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CO: Government of Canada
ST: Ontario
-0- Mar/20/2009 21:26 GMT
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