Canadian Government announced today on the confirmation of a new bilateral air traffic agreement with China.
Harmony Airways is one of the three carriers (Air Canada and Cargo Jet the other two) that will start service soon. See HQ's press release at -www.harmonyairways.com/corporate/news_releases/news_release_popup_2005-04-20.shtml
Two other carriers too are considering starting service too. It will be interesting to see how the Canadian Government will designate which carrier on which routes.
Gateway cities now at 9 (original at 3), and frequency vastly increased. This new agreement will means Canada could become a interline point for South America airlines. Both Harmony Airways and Air Canada will be benefited greatly as these are the only two airlines in Canada that can interline with any international carriers. (NO, Westjet and Canjet can't because of system setup).
Full press release from Transport Canada per below -
For release April 19, 2005
CANADA AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF
CHINA CONCLUDE NEW BILATERAL AIR AGREEMENT
OTTAWA —Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre and International Trade Minister Jim Peterson today announced the conclusion of a new and expanded bilateral air transport agreement with the People’s Republic of China.
The new agreement provides for a three-fold increase in permitted passenger and cargo flights to be operated by more airlines between more city pairs and under more flexible operating conditions than under the previous agreement. The new agreement also contains strong aviation safety and security provisions.
“Given the rapid growth in air travel between Canada and China, this new agreement is very timely,” said Minister Lapierre. “Canada and the People’s Republic of China can be proud of the benefits this agreement will have for the travellers, shippers and airlines of both countries.”
“Expanding air services to China gives Canadians and Canadian business new doorways through which they can increase their presence in this dynamic market,” said Minister Peterson. “Canadian businesses have said they want better access to the Chinese market, and we are listening. This is a concrete example of the importance Canada places on our emerging market strategy.”
The new entitlements under the agreement for airline operations include possibilities for additional passenger, all-cargo and code-sharing air services by the airlines of Canada and China. The higher permitted frequency of weekly flights has been put in place to accommodate growing demand in the bilateral air travel market. The strong aviation safety and security provisions agreed to indicate the importance that both countries attach to these matters.
As a consequence of these improvements to the bilateral air transport arrangements, Air Canada, Cargojet and Harmony Airways intend to introduce new air services. Air Transat and All Canada Express have also expressed interest in serving China.
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Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Transport, Ottawa
(613) 991-0700 Jacqueline LaRocque
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Trade, Ottawa
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