Posted from Transport Canada website today.
The 1995 agreement between the US and Canada was an Open Transborder agreement, not a full open skies agreement. The agreement doesn't include fifth freedoms for either side, 7th freedoms, cargo coterminalization....
Canada is very interested in liberal 6th freedom opportunities which allows US passenger to fly from one US point to another in the US over Toronto....not likely to be allowed by the US since it is considered cabotage....Could be beneficial to a carrier like NW
with their hubs in MSP and DTW in the reverse scenario.
February 24, 2005
TRANSPORT MINISTER MEETS WITH U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY
OTTAWA — Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre today met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta while attending the Canadian Airports Council Open Skies Forum.
After the meeting, Secretary Mineta and Minister Lapierre issued the following statement:
We are both very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest. We had an open and productive exchange of views that reinforced our shared commitment to ensuring safe, efficient and secure transportation and trade across our border. We noted in particular the high level of cooperation between our two countries on transportation security matters since September 11, 2001.
One key area of discussion focussed on commercial air liberalization. The 1995 Canada-U.S. air transportation agreement has been a success for both countries, and one we can both continue to build on. Many Canadian and U.S. air industry stakeholders have expressed their interest in expanding the agreement. We agreed to exchange views and discuss opportunities while consultations continue domestically within Canada. Our officials will begin exploratory discussions in the near future to consider a framework to complete the liberalization process between our two countries.
We also discussed the pressing need to increase border capacity at the Windsor-Detroit Gateway. Our governments are committed to an efficient and secure Windsor-Detroit Gateway and will continue to work together, through the Bi-National Partnership, to expedite the planning and environmental studies so future traffic demands across this vital gateway can be accommodated as early as possible.
Both of our governments are moving ahead with the next phase in the process, which is the coordinated bi-national environmental assessment. This assessment will allow us to decide on the location of a new or expanded international crossing taking into account the impact on the environment and local communities.
The assessment will be completed by the end of 2007, by which time the partnership will have developed, consulted on and carried out the preliminary design of a recommended plan for additional border capacity. Construction would begin in 2010, leading to the opening of additional crossing capacity in 2013.
Finally, we both commit to building on the strong relationship between our two countries in facilitating a safe, sustainable, efficient and secure transportation system that will be an economic backbone of the North American economy in the 21st century.
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Minister of Transport
Norman Y. Mineta
U.S. Secretary of Transportation