CANADA PORTS - Canadian Airports Offer Global Advantages

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By Karen E. Thuermer, AJOTThe big news coming from our friends to the North is the successful conclusion of an Open Skies Agreement for Canada and the United States. The agreement was reached in Washington late on November 10, following discussions involving officials from the Canadian and US Governments as well as representatives of Canadian and US airlines and airports. Carriers such as Air Canada are pleased with the outcome.
“Air Canada has long advocated the further liberalization of our shared skies so that we can better link our expanded North American network to our growing international network,” says said Robert Milton, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Canada’s parent company, ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. “In fact, this revitalized agreement allows us to enhance and capitalize on our cooperative arrangements with our Star Alliance partners, particularly on the transatlantic and transpacific markets.”
Thanks to the Canada-China liberalized skies agreement, this year Air Canada entered the Chinese market by offering main deck, MD-11 freighter service from Toronto to Shanghai in May. Within a month, the carrier increased the frequency to five flights per week.
“The Canada-China liberalized skies agreement will provide carriers with more access to that market and vice versa,” says Jim Facette, president and CEO of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a group that represents Canada’s non-federal airports on industry policy and regulatory matters.
With air cargo on the rise, particularly from the Far East, Canadian airports are quickly meeting the need by developing cargo centers and air connections, particularly with China especially now that air services have been liberalized between the two countries.
Given the current level of trade between China and Canada, the Canada-China liberalized agreement is especially expected to attract direct service between China and Canadian airports, thereby requiring less cargo to be transported north from the United States. Such increased service will mean China imports will reach Canadian markets more quickly and more cost effectively.
Not surprising, international airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg are interested in obtaining direct China service as well as capitalize on potential business that can be generated from the new open skies agreement with the United States.
Direct service is already available on Air Canada from Vancouver to Shanghai, a route in which Air Canada replaced its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with the larger A340-300 aircraft during the peak demand season beginning June 1, 2005. Effective June 2, 2005, Air Canada also introduced direct service between Toronto and Beijing. With these new services, Air Canada is providing freight forwarders with 45 percent more cargo tonnage between Canada and China from one year ago.
The Toronto-Beijing service earmarked the first-ever direct link between eastern Canada and mainland China. Air Canada operates four non-stop flights per week from Toronto to the Chinese capital, complementing its daily non-stop flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Vancouver, and twice-daily Hong Kong flights including new non-stop service from Toronto.
The carrier also offers non-stop flights between Toronto and Seoul three times weekly beginning July 1, 2005, complementing its daily non-stop flights from Vancouver to Seoul.
“The next step for Canada’s airports will be concentrating on connecting flights to secondary cities like Newfoundland and New Brunswick,” Facette says. “There is huge interest among smaller airports in those markets. They are very much interested in connectivity.”
Calgary Airport AuthorityAs host to next year’s TIACA Air Cargo Forum, Calgary Airport Authority (YYC) is ramping up to attract Asian cargo business.
“The new flights linking the Ontario and Alberta markets represent Canada’s first ever domestic wide-body scheduled cargo service while the Calgary-Shanghai link improves access from Alberta to the rapidly expanding C

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