westjet_8
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Fully Open North American Skies

Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:46 pm

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
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Trvlr
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RE: Fully Open North American Skies

Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:21 pm

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.

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westjet_8
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RE: Fully Open North American Skies

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:52 pm

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.
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Hardkor
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RE: Fully Open North American Skies

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:57 pm

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
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RE: Fully Open North American Skies

Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:03 pm

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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