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Travel between China and Canada will be increased by pact

June 25, 2010, Montreal - Air Canada announced Friday it will double its capacity to serve routes between Toronto and China this fall, increasing travel between the two countries for business and leisure.


June 25, 2010
By The Canadian Press

The airline said China's designation of Canada as an approved travel destination comes after many years of negotiations.

"It makes Canada an even more attractive destination for business and leisure travel, resulting in significant economic spin-offs for the Canadian economy and for the Canadian tourism sector in particular,'' Air Canada chief operating officer Duncan
Dee said in a statement.

The airline says it will introduce daily flights between its main hub in Toronto and three major Chinese cities (Shanghei, Beijing and Hong Kong) in addition to existing year-round flights the between Vancouver and those destinations.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the visiting president of China, Hu Jintao, are supporting improved economic ties between the two countries.

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Included in documents signed Thursday was a memorandum to ease group travel from China to Canada.