Has Canada got its aviation access settings right?

Travel and tourism – a key driver of economic expansion – hinges on the air access arrangements made between governments. Policy settings have to weigh up the provision of access opportunities for communities across the country, whilst balancing the interests of the established carriers.

A Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA), Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or Working Arrangement (WA) and their associated implementing procedures provide for technical cooperation between national civil aviation authorities. They help reduce duplication of activity and aim for mutual acceptance of certificates. In addition to airworthiness certification, BASAs, MoUs and WAs provide for bilateral cooperation across other areas of aviation, including maintenance, flight operations, and environmental certification.

Adding new agreements and expanding existing air transport relationships allows airlines to introduce more flight options and routes which benefits passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience. These agreements form the framework to maintaining that balance between foreign operators and local airlines, and in the case of Canada are part of its Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.

Under the Blue Sky Policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements covering 106 countries, this month concluding new and expanded air transport agreements with Ecuador, Tunisia, Grenada and most recently Bahamas.

These all vary per country.  The expanded air transport agreement with Ecuador allows designated airlines to operate more passenger and cargo flights per week to and from Canada. The agreement also allows designated airlines to serve any city in the other country’s territory.

Similarly, the expanded air transport agreement with Tunisia allows designated airlines to operate more scheduled flights per week between Canada and Tunisia. But, the new agreement with Grenada is an Open Skies-type agreement, which allows an unlimited number of passenger and cargo flights between Canada and Grenada.

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