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Document 32019D0702

EU–Canada air transport agreement

EU–Canada air transport agreement

 

SUMMARY OF:

Agreement on Air Transport between Canada and the EU

Decision (EU) 2019/702 — conclusion of the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part

Decision 2010/417/EC — on the signing and provisional application of the Agreement on Air Transport between the EU and Canada

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE AGREEMENT AND THE DECISIONS?

  • The agreement sets out the rights granted by one party to the other regarding air transportation by the other party’s airlines.
  • Decision 2010/417/EC authorises the signing and provisional application of the agreement by the EU.
  • Decision (EU) 2019/702 concludes the agreement on behalf of the EU.

KEY POINTS

The agreement provides for an exchange of air traffic rights between the parties. Thanks to those traffic rights, the air carriers of the parties will be able to:

  • fly across the territory of the other party without landing;
  • make stops in the territory of the other party for non-traffic purposes;
  • make stops in the territory of the other party on the routes specified in the agreement for the purpose of taking up and discharging traffic in passenger and cargo, including mail, separately or in combination.

The agreement also covers:

  • the designation of airlines;
  • the authorisation of airlines and the revocation of the authorisations that may be granted to them;
  • civil aviation safety — including the mutual recognition of certificates and licences issued by either party for the purpose of the provision of air services under the agreement;
  • civil aviation security — including working towards mutual recognition of each other’s security standards and with a view to one-stop security;
  • customs duties, taxes and charges exemptions — reciprocal agreement to exempt airlines of the other party of all import restrictions, property taxes and capital levies, customs duties, excise taxes, and similar fees and charges for items used in international air transport;
  • non-discrimination as regards charges for airports and aviation facilities and services;
  • An improved commercial framework — including the removal of restrictions on capacity, the free establishment of tariffs by the airlines, as well as provisions on code-sharing* and aircraft lease among others;
  • consumer interests;
  • air traffic management;
  • competition and state aid.

FROM WHEN DO THE AGREEMENT AND THE DECISIONS ENTER INTO FORCE?

  • The agreement is not yet in force.
  • Decision 2010/417/EC entered into force on 30 November 2009.
  • Decision (EU) 2019/702 entered into force on 15 April 2019.

BACKGROUND

KEY TERMS

Code-sharing: an arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight, which is operated by one of the airlines.

MAIN DOCUMENTS

Agreement on Air Transport between Canada and the European Community and its Member States (OJ L 207, 6.8.2010, pp. 32-59)

Council Decision (EU) 2019/702 of 15 April 2019 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part (OJ L 120, 8.5.2019, pp. 1-2)

Decision 2010/417/EC of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Union, meeting within the Council of 30 November 2009 on the signing and provisional application of the Agreement on Air Transport between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part (OJ L 207, 6.8.2010, pp. 30-31)

last update 11.07.2019

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