Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement Signed
By A Correspondent
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, on February 18 witnessed the signing of the expanded Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement, which will provide enhanced business opportunities for Canadian and Mexican air industries, as well as benefits for trade, investment, and tourism.
Stephen Harper said, “Mexico is one of Canada’s largest international air transport markets and one of our most important trading partners. This agreement will enhance business opportunities for our respective air industries and foster increased trade, investment, tourism, and people-to-people links.”
The signing, by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transport, is an important milestone in the ratification and implementation of the Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement which was reached in 2011.The signing took place during the Prime Minister’s first official visit to Mexico from February 17-18.
The expanded Air Transport Agreement provides a completely open framework for direct flights between Canada and Mexico, thereby allowing any number of airlines from both countries to offer more services between any Canadian and Mexican cities. The agreement also provides greater flexibility to adjust prices according to market conditions, and modernizes safety and security provisions.
Once ratified by both countries, the new rights under this agreement will be fully available for use by air carriers in both countries.
The agreement is consistent with Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of new or expanded international air services. Under this policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements with more than 80 countries.
- The Canada-Mexico relationship is broad and multi-faceted, with long-standing cooperation in many areas including trade and investment, energy, security, governance, migration, and education and youth.
- Mexico is Canada’s second largest international air travel market, with more than 1.9 million Canadians having visited the country in 2012.
- In 2014, Canada and Mexico are celebrating the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations, the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, and the 10th anniversary of the Canada-Mexico Partnership.