Canada is expanding its existing air transport relationship with Chile.
The original Canada-Chile agreement entered into force in February 2005 and provides an unlimited number of direct flights for airlines between both countries.
"The Government of Canada is working to help the Canadian air industry increase its access to international markets," the Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport said. "This, in turn, supports an expansion of trade, tourism and people-to-people links, which benefits all Canadians."
The expanded agreement includes:
- More flexibility to operate "fifth freedom" passenger services, which allow airlines to stop in third countries to pick up and discharge passengers en route to the final destination in Canada or Chile;
- A fully open and flexible code-sharing regime, including with third-country airlines. Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another air carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings; and
- A fully open all-cargo regime, including unlimited fifth freedom rights.
These amendments take effect immediately.
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