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Published on : Sunday, May 14, 2017
A new air transport agreement has been signed between the governments of Barbados and Canada recently. The agreement was signed by the Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, and High Commissioner of Canada, Marie Legault.
The agreement envisages to not only increase airlift and long stay visitors in both countries but also give aircraft “the flexibility to operate without directional or geographical limitations”.
McClean explained that, while an air services agreement was signed between Barbados and Canada in 1985, several developments occurred that necessitated a review of the previous agreement.
The foreign minister added that it was “no secret” that Canada was the island’s single largest source market for international business and the agreement was, therefore, an essential instrument to facilitate this.
Legault agreed with McClean that air connectivity was crucial for facilitating trade investments between the two countries.
“In 2013, 50,000 people came just with Air Canada and in three years we were able to increase that to 81,000 people… and it’s increasing every year. So, an instrument like this is essential to make sure there are no barriers between our countries,” she stated.