OTTAWA, ON--The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced that Canada has successfully concluded a first-ever air transport agreement with Bangladesh, allowing direct scheduled air services between the two countries.
"The Canada-Bangladesh air travel market is growing rapidly," said Minister Raitt. "This new air transport agreement will facilitate air travel between both countries and provide more convenience to travellers and shippers."
The agreement provides flexibility for airlines to access all points in Canada and Bangladesh, both for passenger and all-cargo services. Airlines may also choose to offer air services by sharing space on the flights of other airlines, an industry practice commonly known as code-sharing.
"Our government's pro-trade plan is focused on opening new markets for Canadian businesses," said Minister Fast. "Direct air service between Canada and Bangladesh will better connect our business people, students and other travellers which will help us deepen the Canada-Bangladesh partnership."
The agreement allows airlines to offer new services immediately, the government said.
The Government of Canada's approach to expanding its air transport relationship with Bangladesh is consistent with Canada's Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of new or expanded international air services, said a release.