Canada Expands Air Agreement with Algeria

(No. 14 - January 11, 2011 - 3:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, while in Algeria, today announced the expansion of Canada's air transport agreement with Algeria.

"We are pleased to announce that Canada and Algeria are expanding their air transport agreement. This demonstrates the strength of the relationship between Canada and Algeria and our growing commercial and tourism ties," said Minister Cannon after a bilateral visit with Algeria.

The number of weekly flights from Algeria to Canada will rise from two to three during the winter season, and from two to four during the summer season. These increases will help respond to the rapid growth in demand for air travel between the two countries.

"The expansion of the bilateral air transport agreement will make it more convenient for people to fly between our two countries and provide benefits to the Canadian and Algerian air sectors," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Since the launch of the Blue Sky Policy in November 2006, the Government of Canada has negotiated air transport agreements with more than 50 countries, including open skies-type agreements with 11 countries, expanded agreements with nine countries and new "first time" agreements with eight countries. A comprehensive air transport agreement also exists between Canada and the European Union's 27 member states.

The air agreement with Algeria was first signed in 2006.

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Lynn Meahan
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