The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minster of Transport, announced on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 an expanded Canada-Cuba Air Transport Agreement that allows for more airlines to operate between the two countries.
“This announcement provides more airlines with more flexibility to provide convenient flights to help travellers, businesses, shippers and the tourism industry. I am pleased to see an expanded agreement with Cuba, a top destination for Canadians traveling south,” said Raitt.
The expanded agreement builds on the 1998 Canada-Cuba Air Transport Agreement, which was last amended in 2009. It was reached under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.
The expanded agreement will:
- allow any number of Canadian and Cuban airlines to offer services between the two countries
- provide greater flexibility for airlines to offer air services using the flights of airlines from other countries (i.e. code-sharing)
- provide greater flexibility for airlines to introduce new prices to respond to consumer demand
- strengthen security and safety provisions
The new rights under the expanded agreement are expected to be available for use by airlines in the coming weeks.
Under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements cover more than 80 countries. Cuba is Canada’s third largest international air travel market.