Canada and the United Arab Emirates have now concluded an expanded air transport agreement which will permit 50 percent more flights between Canada and the Middle East nation.
Expanded flight agreement
On Wednesday, April 5, the Canadian Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the conclusion of an expanded air transport agreement between Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
Under the terms of the expanded agreement and extra 21 flights per week will be allowed for each country.
This will effectively permit 50 percent more flights than the maximum number previously possible, facilitate new routes, and give airlines greater flexibility to accommodate changes in market demand.
The United Arab Emirates is Canada’s largest air transport market in the Middle East.
Benefiting passenger and cargo services
Whether visiting family and friends or shipping goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on the aviation industry to provide diverse international air services.
Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allows airlines to introduce more flight options and routings. This in turn will benefit both passengers and businesses by providing greater choice while creating good jobs for Canadians and growing the national economy.
This significant move will better accommodate the growing Canada-UAE air transport market, improve Canada’s global connectivity, and support tourism and trade activity between the two countries.
The new rights under the expanded agreement are available for use by airlines immediately. This new agreement is also aligned with Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy since the UAE serves as a hub for many flights to Asia.
The Canada – UAE air travel market
The air travel market between Canada and the United Arab Emirates is an important one, with several airlines offering regular flights between the two countries.
The main airlines that have historically operated flights between Canada and the UAE include Air Canada, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.
Air Canada have operated non-stop flights between Toronto and Dubai, while Emirates and Etihad Airways offer non-stop flights between Dubai and several Canadian cities, including Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
The air travel market between Canada and the UAE has seen growth in recent years, with more Canadians traveling to the UAE for business, tourism, and to visit friends and family.
The UAE has become a popular destination for Canadian tourists due to its warm climate, modern infrastructure, and world-renowned attractions such as the Burj Khalifa and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Additionally, the UAE is a major business hub in the Middle East, and many Canadian companies have established operations in the country. This has led to an increase in business travel between Canada and the UAE.
The air travel market between Canada and the UAE is a significant one, and this week’s news of an expanded air transport agreement between the two nations will further strengthen that market sector.
Minister of Transport statement
Canada’s Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, spoke of the significance of the national connection, saying:
“This expansion of the Canada-United Arab Emirates air transport agreement will improve Canada’s international connectivity and enhance people-to-people and commercial links.”
“ As we continue to support the recovery of the Canadian air industry, we are pleased that this expanded agreement will benefit a larger number of Canadian travellers, industry stakeholders, and workers in the air sector.”
“Canada and the United Arab Emirates have a broad and deep relationship rooted in strong people-to-people ties, and trade and investment connections.”
“Today’s announcement will be a valuable contribution in helping Canadian companies grow and diversify their markets on the global stage, and contribute to greater economic and social development between our two countries.”