Canada and China have forged a new and expanded bilateral aviation agreement that will allow for a threefold increase in passenger and cargo flights between those countries.
Canada’s transport minister Jean-C. Lapierre and international trade minister Jim Peterson announced the agreement Thursday.
“Given the rapid growth in air travel between Canada and China, this new agreement is very timely,” Lapierre said.
“Expanding air services to China gives Canadians and Canadian business new doorways through which they can increase their presence in this dynamic market,” Peterson added.
The agreement permits additional passenger, all-cargo and codeshare services by the airlines of Canada and China. Air Canada, Cargojet and Harmony Airways intend to introduce new air services with the expanded rights and Air Transat and All Canada Express have also expressed interest in serving China.