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Expanded Air Transport Agreement between Canada and Israel announced

Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and Israel’s Minister of Transport and Intelligence, Israel Katz, announced that they have settled on an expanded air transport agreement for their two countries.

The said pact would make way for chosen carriers to operate up to 19 passenger flights per week, a rise from the previous 12. The new rights under the expanded agreement can be immediately used by the airlines.

Garneau publicized the development during his visit in Israel. He was there to also attend bilateral meetings with Katz and senior Canadian business leaders established in Israel, to further develop bilateral cooperation in transport, as well as discuss policy approaches.

Garneau said:

“The expanded air transport agreement between Canada and Israel is a positive development for air transport relations between our countries. We are pleased to expand this relationship with additional flexibility for airlines to serve this growing market.

“By making the movement of goods and people faster and easier, this expanded agreement will continue to facilitate trade and investment between Canada and Israel and help our businesses grow and succeed.”

Katz also commented on the crucial pact:

“Canada is a true friend of the State of Israel and we are grateful for their deep support. The expanded agreement with Canada is another step in the liberalization policy that the Israeli Ministry of Transportation is leading in the aviation sector and it opens additional possibilities to Israeli airlines for cooperation agreements with other foreign carriers in Europe and North America.

“The agreement was initiated within the Israeli framework of open skies reform and the general strengthening of bilateral, commercial and economic ties between Israel and Canada. The implementation of the expanded aviation agreement is expected to lead to an improvement in the level of service on flights to and from Israel and to an increase in the level of competition among airlines, as well as a drop in airfares and an increase in passenger and cargo traffic to Israel.”

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