A comprehensive agreement on air transport between Canada and the EC was signed on 30 March 2009 and entered into force on 16 May 2019. The agreement replaces the existing bilateral agreements concluded with Canada by Member States. 

Designation principle

All air carriers with an operating licens issued by a EU Member State are regarded as designated and has the right to perform traffic rights provided for in the agreement.

Traffic rights for air carriers of the European Community

The agreement is a so called ”open sky agreement”, whit far reaching traffic rights. Community air carriers may perform traffic on points behind – points in Member States – intermediate points – points in and within Canada – points beyond.

Capacity provisions etc.

There are no restrictions in regard of routes, pricing and capacity.

Wet lease is allowed, also with carriers from third countries, if approved by the aviation authorities. The carrier performing the flight does not need to have underlying route rights.

Possibility to enter inte code-share, also with carriers from third countries.