Canada, Switzerland ink airline deal
Oct. 29, 2010, Ottawa - The governments of Canada and Switzerland have signed an enhanced open skies agreement that offers more flexibility on flights between Canada and Europe.
October 29, 2010 By CBC News
Aircraft of Swiss Air Lines sit on the tarmat at Zurich Airport, Switzerland. A new agreement between Canada and Switzerland is expected to enhance air travel between the two countries.Aircraft of Swiss Air Lines sit on the tarmat at Zurich Airport, Switzerland. A new agreement between Canada and Switzerland is expected to enhance air travel between the two countries. (Steffen Schmidt/Associated Press)
Canada and the European Union signed an agreement last year that allows airlines the freedom to operate direct flights between any of the 27 EU countries and Canada.
According to the federal government and Air Canada, the new agreement with Switzerland takes that relationship to a new level.
One of the key changes allows airlines from Canada or Switzerland to stop in each other's territory and continue on to a third destination country.
In a statement to CBC News, Air Canada called the agreement an enhancement of current arrangements.
"It means that there are no limitations to capacity, code sharing arrangements, as well as tariff provisions," said Air Canada.
An Air Canada spokesman also told CBC News the deal could lead to better schedules, more flight options and additional destinations.
Air Canada and Swiss Air are already Star Alliance partners.