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Bahamas, Canada sign air transport agreement

The Bahamas and Canada have signed a bilateral air transport agreement that outlines the steps by which Canadian aviation companies can do business in The Bahamas and Bahamian aviation companies in Canada.

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) revealed in a press release that the agreement also aims to encourage more Canadian aviation companies to consider The Bahamas.

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar explained in the release that the agreement “allows Bahamian aviation companies to take advantage of economic opportunities in Canada”.

“This agreement solidifies our relationship with Canada as it relates to aviation,” D’Aguilar said.

Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica and The Bahamas Laurie Peters said in the release that the traditional Canadian fliers have low-cost “little cousins” that might be able to take advantage of the agreement.

“It is an emblem of the longstanding relationship between the Commonwealth Of The Bahamas and Canada and also marks a new era of engagement,” she said.

“We have long been people-to-people friends. Many Canadians have flocked to your shores and I think that this agreement will further strengthen our ties and create more opportunities,” she said.

“We know that the traditional carriers have low-cost little cousins to expand in the region and there seems to be no end in sight to the Canadian cold winter and hopefully there will be lots of demand that this agreement would allow us to respond with.”

According to the release, about 500,000 Canadians visit The Bahamas every year.

“Currently, Air Canada and WestJet are the major airlines that fly into The Bahamas from destinations such as Toronto, Montreal and Cadbury,” the release states.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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