TRANSPORT CANADA

TRANSPORT CANADA

June 25, 2009 12:00 ET

Canada's Government Designates More Canadian Carriers to Serve Mexico

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, today announced changes to air designation allocations for scheduled Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing air services between Canada and Mexico, which will benefit travellers and our country's tourism industry.

"I am pleased with these changes and additions, which will provide more options for the travelling public and shippers," said Baird. "It will encourage competition, innovation, and growth in the Canadian airline industry, and promote international travel options for consumers from both countries."

Under the Multiple Designation Policy, as applied under Canada's international air transportation policy, all Canadian air carriers may apply to the Minister for designation to operate scheduled international air services. These latest designations were made possible by the 1961 Canada-Mexico bilateral Air Transport Agreement, as amended in 1999 and 2007.

"This is excellent news for our tourism industry. Mexico is a growing market for Canada," said Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism. "There will now be more routes to take visitors to the spectacular destinations and attractions our country has to offer."

"Increased air access to Canada for the growing Mexico market is an important development that is a good step in meeting the tourism industries needs," said Randy Williams, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

A backgrounder regarding the new airline designation allocations between Canada and Mexico is attached.

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BACKGROUNDER

DESIGNATION FOR SCHEDULED AIR SERVICES BETWEEN CANADA AND MEXICO

The 1961 Canada-Mexico bilateral Air Transport Agreement, as amended in 1999 and 2007, governs scheduled air services between the two countries.

In addition to the city-pairs that have already been designated to carriers, the Transport Minister, based on specific criteria and assessment consistent with Canada's Blue Sky policy, has designated the following carriers to operate scheduled international air services between Canada and Mexico (X - effective immediately and O - effective the 2009-10 International Air Transport Association winter season):



City-pair Air Canada Air Transat WestJet Sunwing
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Victoria-Cancun X
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Victoria-Puerto Vallarta X
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Victoria-San Jose del Cabo X
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Comox-Puerto Vallarta X
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Vancouver-Mazatlan X
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Abbotsford-Cancun X
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Abbotsford-Mazatlan X
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Abbotsford-Puerto Vallarta X
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Abbotsford-San Jose del Cabo X
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Prince George-Mazatlan X
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Prince George-Puerto Vallarta X
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Kelowna-Cancun X X
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Kelowna-Puerto Vallarta X
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Kelowna-San Jose del Cabo X
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Calgary-Huatulco X
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Calgary-Mazatlan X
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Edmonton-Huatulco X
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Edmonton-Mazatlan X
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Regina-Cancun X O
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Regina-Mazatlan X
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Regina-Puerto Vallarta X O
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Regina-San Jose del Cabo X
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Saskatoon-Cancun X X O
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Saskatoon-Mazatlan X
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Saskatoon-Puerto Vallarta X O
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Saskatoon-San Jose del Cabo X
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Winnipeg-Mazatlan X
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Winnipeg-San Jose del Cabo X
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London-Cancun X
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Hamilton-Cancun X
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Toronto-Acapulco X
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Toronto-Cozumel X
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Montreal-Acapulco X
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Montreal-Cozumel X
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Quebec City-Cancun X
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Moncton-Cancun X
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Halifax-Cozumel X
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Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, Ottawa
    613-991-0700
    or
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa
    613-993-0055