Here's an article from this week's Flight International on this issue; the EU is (according to this article) hoping to use the talks with Canada to persuade the Americans to move forward:
Canada is obviously and understandably enthusiastic about the prospect of air travel between the two "jurisdictions" (if I can use that word for the EU) increasing from 8m to 14m. From an Irish perspective, as someone who has lobbied for a long time to update our pathetically outdated bilateral with Canada, I'm very pleased. However, what I'm not seeing is the connection with the EU/US talks. In relation to the talks with Canada, can we assume safely that the EU will not seek anything stupid, like cabotage or the right of EU carriers to buy into Canadian carriers? If not and if it's just a simple case of "any EU airline from anywhere in the EU to anywhere in Canada" (and vice versa, of course!!), then that should be fairly straightforward. From a Canadian perspective, what obstacles do you see?
As far as the effect on the EU/US talks, the only link I can see is that the Europeans have learned from their experience of these talks not to seek things which are only going to delay matters, i.e. if you want Open Skies, go for Open Skies; yes, I know there are problems over LHR
, but I think that if the EU cuts back its requests for things which won't be granted, I think things will go a lot further. I'm actually quite pleased that the US airline ownership issue was taken off the table, because it was only of interest to one country (and frankly, I don't think it was genuinely of interest even to them, but just a means to derail and delay the negotiating process) and with it off the table, things are much clearer.