ABU DHABI, 6 April – The UAE and Canada have signed an expanded air transport agreement to allow more flights between the two countries.
The agreement allows 21 flights per week for each country, which will permit 50% more flights than the maximum number previously possible, facilitate new routes, and provide greater flexibility to airlines to make changes as per market demand, Canada’s Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said in a statement.
“This expansion of the Canada-UAE air transport agreement will improve Canada’s international connectivity and enhance people-to-people and commercial links. This is good news for tourism and the creation of good middle-class jobs for Canadians,” Alghabra added.
The new rights under the expanded agreement can be used by airlines immediately.
The new agreement aligns with Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy since the UAE is a hub for many flights to Asia.
The UAE is Canada’s largest air transport market in the Middle East.
Canada’s air transport agreement with the UAE was concluded in 1999, expanded in 2018, and again in April 2023.
The expansion of the agreement with the UAE was guided by Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services, the statement said. — Zawya