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No. H 102/09
For release - July 15, 2009

OTTAWA — The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia–Pacific Gateway, on behalf of Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, today announced the successful conclusion of a Blue Sky air transport agreement with the Republic of Korea.

The new agreement allows any number of air carriers from either country to operate scheduled passenger and all-cargo air services as frequently as desired, to and from any point in either country's territory. Air carriers will also be able to pick up traffic in each other's territory and continue to a third country as part of a service to or from their home territory.

The agreement also provides for rights pertaining to flights carrying cargo only, allowing stand-alone cargo services between each other's territory and third countries, and includes a tariff regime that will allow carriers to readily react to market conditions.

"This agreement will help create new jobs for our economy, expand market potential for our businesses and build connections for our citizens," said Minister Day. "Our government delivered on a commitment to people of Korean descent who have made Canada their home and this agreement will help to strengthen our ties with this country."

"This latest agreement will benefit travellers and shippers by providing more choices in terms of destinations, flights and routes, and the potential for lower fares," said Baird. "It marks another step towards the successful implementation of the Blue Sky policy with countries in the Asia-Pacific region."

The new agreement is being applied on an administrative basis, which allows new air services to take place immediately.

To see how the government of Canada is delivering on Canada's Blue Sky policy, visit www.tc.gc.ca/bluesky.

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Chris Day
Press Secretary
Office of Canada's Transport Minister,
John Baird
Ottawa
613–991–0700

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Transport Canada, Ottawa
613–993–0055

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