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Canada: Public consultations on Transportation Modernization Act being readied

The Canadian Transportation Agency is preparing to launch an online consultation process after Bill C-49, otherwise known as the Transportation Modernization Act, is made into law. The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent regulator that is tasked with setting out rules and resolving issues relating to air, rail, and marine transportation. Its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Streiner, said the organization has plans to stage in-person, daylong consultations in …

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Nigeria and Canada sign Air Service Agreement to bolster flight operations between two countries

An Air Service Agreement has been signed between Nigeria and Canada in a bid to bolster mutually beneficial flight operations between the two countries. Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement after the federal executive meeting. He said that the new agreement would improve commerce, air connectivity and welcome a new direction where flights originating from Nigeria can directly connect with Canada. Should the comments of the Aviation …

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IATA advocates against regulation of airline practice of overbooking

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is imploring the Canadian government to stay away from regulating the practice of “overbooking.” The aviation industry group described the practice as a key driver of profitability for airlines and aids in keeping airfares low. “There is absolutely no need to regulate overbooking,” said IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac. “This is the airlines’ position based on a long, long experience. The …

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Transport Canada plans to stop assessing pilots, gives responsibility to operators

Corresponding documents indicate that Transport Canada made the call back in May when the House of Commons transport committee was evaluating aviation safety and recommended more on-site inspections instead of paper audits. A risk assessment document and an internal communication from Transport Canada’s Director of National Operations for Civil Aviation were acquired under an access to information bid made by the Canadian Federal Pilots Association—the bargaining agent for about 450 …

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Canadian Transport Minister urges Commons committee to approve air passenger rights bill

Transport Minister Marc Garneau went on the offensive against insinuations that the Liberals’ proposed air passenger bill of rights is too strict with airlines, explaining the government’s resolve is not to pick on air carriers. Garneau told a Commons committee scrutinizing the proposal that the government’s task is to formulate regulations that are fair to airlines and passengers to guarantee everyone knows their rights and responsibilities. The regulations would impose …

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Air Transat President takes aim at Canada’s Liberal proposed passenger bill of rights

Air Transat President Jean-Francois Lemay expressed his concerns over the Liberal government’s proposed passenger bill of rights, saying that the legislation may unfairly punish airlines for delays that go out of control. Lemay relayed his sentiments in a response to the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) inquiry into an incident last July 31 wherein two Air Transat planes sat on the tarmac for several hours. The agency announced that it has …

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A bill of rights for Canadian travellers would prevent woes like those experienced by Air Transat passengers

The six-hour ordeal that Air Transat passengers just recently experienced would not have happened if there were a bill of rights for Canadian travellers. This was the terse assessment of Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Transport. Air Transat passengers were forced to endure uncomfortably warm conditions on a flight stuck on an Ottawa runway for six hours earlier this week. McCrimmon said the legislation – Bill C-49 …

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Canada’s US-bound air passengers to face “enhanced security measures”

Travellers flying to the United States from Canada will be made to go through a new set of “enhanced security measures” that have been mandated by the Department of Homeland Security. The new measures will be applied starting on July 19 and include: Enhanced overall passenger screening. Heightened screening of personal electronic devices. Increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas. The use of advanced technology, expanded canine screening …

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Canadian Transport Minister announces expanded Canada-Thailand Air Transport Agreement

Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau bared the upgraded Air Transport Agreement between Canada and Thailand, which would allow any number of Canadian and Thai airlines to serve any city in Canada and Thailand. The new agreement, which supplants the existing 1989 agreement, sets an allowance of 21 flights per week for each country. It also boosts rights that allow airlines to extend Canada-Thailand services to third countries (otherwise known …

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Canada inks transportation agreements with Mexico

Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau signed two agreements with Mexico that would further bolster transportation and trade links between the two countries. Garneau met with Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza to talk about bilateral cooperation, and policy challenges and approaches, specifically in the aviation sector. Garneau and Esparza made some changes official as they signed amendments to the Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement, a significant milestone …

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