Westjet_8 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 451 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1548 times:
Do you think fully open North American Skies between Canada and the United States would be good or bad (where american airlines could fly domestic routes in Canada and visa versa). I am doing an essay on this topic and any help would be greatly apericated. Also any information on the current argeement would be great. Thanks
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1488 times:
I can only give you my amateur opinion, but I think it would be a bad idea. Fully open skies + cabotage would pretty much kill off airlines like Air Canada, and maybe even WestJet. The U.S. carriers would only fly what is profitable to them, flooding routes like Toronto-Vancouver, Calgary-Toronto, Vancouver-Tokyo, Toronto-London, Montreal-Toronto. Air Canada et al, having lost their bread-and-butter market to competition from larger carriers, would go bust. And I highly doubt that the U.S. carriers would continue the greater part of the extensive regional and international network. You could say goodbye to routes like YYC-FRA, YOW-LHR and YHZ-YYT-LHR, and probably most YVR-Asia flights as well.
Again, just my personal amateur opinion, but I think Canada is just too dependent on its air transport network to allow this kind of thing to happen.
Westjet_8 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1380 times:
Does anyone else have any opions? I personally belive that Open North American Skies would be good for Canada. I think that Westjet would thrive on being able to acess any routes in either the US or Canada. I think forerign carriers would fill the demand on international routes, but it could take jobs from Canada if Air Canada went bankrupt.
Hardkor From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1372 times:
Wouldn't Air Canada profit from the larger number of routes and major hubs in the US, rather than vice-versa? I'm interested in this subject, and I think that increased competition in Canada could bring down ticket prices from AC.
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1354 times:
I am an avid proponent of free trade and the elimination of artificial barriers to the free market. Therefore, I support opening up the skies. And if certain airlines can't survive, too bad....It's the survival of the fittest! The total economic benefit to society would outweigh the losses.
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