April 29, 2010 12:36 ET

Canada and El Salvador Successfully Conclude Air Transport Agreement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today announced that an open skies-type bilateral air transport agreement has been concluded between Canada and El Salvador. This new agreement is another accomplishment under Canada's Blue Sky international air transportation policy, and is great news for travellers and Canadian businesses.

"Since 2006, the Government of Canada has worked at an unprecedented pace to sign or improve air agreements that allow for greater benefits to Canadian consumers, businesses and our tourism sectors," said Baird. "This new agreement with El Salvador is part of our commitment to improve and expand air services between Canada and Central America."

"This agreement will encourage new trade and investment between Canada and El Salvador," said Minister Van Loan. "The air agreement with El Salvador will help Canadian businesses expand their interests beyond our borders, which in turn will create wealth and prosperity at home — another example of Canada's continued engagement with the Americas."

"Deepening Canada's engagement with the Americas is a priority for this government. This open skies agreement will play an important role in strengthening bilateral relations and will help foster greater people-to-people links between our two countries," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Americas).

The agreement, which will replace an agreement negotiated in 1996, provides airlines with substantial flexibility for route selection, frequency of service and price setting. Any number of airlines may sell air transportation between each other's territory and third countries, in conjunction with scheduled passenger and/or all-cargo air services between the two countries operated at any number of cities in each other's territory.

New air services are anticipated by airlines of both countries in the near future. Constitutional requirements in El Salvador permit the new agreement to come into force only after it has been ratified. 

Since January 2006, the Government of Canada has negotiated open, new or expanded air service agreements with a total of 52 countries, including:

  • open skies-type agreements with nine countries: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, New Zealand, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, South Korea and El Salvador;
  • expanded agreements with nine countries: Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Jordan, Singapore, the Philippines, Morocco and Cuba;
  • new "first-time" agreements with nine countries: Algeria, Kuwait, Serbia, Croatia, Panama, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia and Tunisia; and
  • a comprehensive air transport agreement between Canada and the European Union's 27 member states. This includes Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia, with which Canada did not previously have air agreements.

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Contact Information

  • Monika Bujalska
    Office of Canada's International Trade Minister
    the Honourable Peter Van Loan
    Trade Media Relations Office
    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Ottawa
    James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management and
    Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa