Canada, Algeria increase weekly flights

13:16, January 12, 2011      

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Canada and Algeria agreed on Tuesday to increase passenger flights between the two countries.

The decision was announced by visiting Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon.

The number of weekly flights from Algeria to Canada will rise from two to three during the winter season, and from two to four in summer, helping respond to the rapid growth in demand for air travel between the two countries.

After a bilateral visit with Algeria, Cannon said the expanded agreement demonstrated the strength of the relationship between Canada and Algeria, and their growing commercial and tourism ties.

"The expansion of the bilateral air transport agreement will make it more convenient for people to fly between our two countries and provide benefits to the Canadian and Algerian air sectors," said Chuck Strahl, Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Since the launch of the Blue Sky Policy in November 2006, Canada has negotiated air transport agreements with more than 50 countries, including open skies-type agreements with 11 countries, expanded agreements with nine countries and new "first time" agreements with eight countries. A comprehensive air transport agreement also exists between Canada and the European Union's 27 member states.

The air agreement with Algeria was first signed in 2006.

Source: Xinhua
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