Airports applaud Canada-UK open skies

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) today commended the federal government for reaching an historic Open Skies agreement with the United Kingdom - one of Canada’s biggest air markets. “An Open Skies agreement with the important U.K. market is good news for Canadian airports and the communities they serve,” said Canadian Airports Council President and CEO Jim Facette.

“Open Skies agreements such as the one announced Friday result in increased air service, which lowers costs and enables Canadian communities to participate more fully in the global economy.”

The agreement announced Friday removes restrictions on service by Canadian airlines to and from third countries via the U.K. and allows British carriers to operate to and from third countries via Canada. It also removes restrictions on pricing for these flights.

The CAC is a strong supporter of international air service liberalization and has requested observer status at bilateral air talks between Canada and foreign nations. The CAC was granted observer status at the fall 2005 talks between Canada and the U.S. - talks that also resulted in the conclusion of an historic open skies agreement.