Interpretation Note on the Requirement to Hold an Air Service Licence

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The Canadian Transportation Agency is responsible for developing and administering regulatory and non-regulatory approaches (including guidelines, codes or practice and interpretation notes) for a wide range of matters involving federally-regulated air transportation.

The Agency is committed to ensuring that its regulatory and non-regulatory approaches and their administration are up-to-date, well understood, and delivered effectively and efficiently.

To this end, the Agency is undertaking a consultation to gather comments on its proposed Interpretation Note on the Requirement to Hold an Air Service Licence.

The Interpretation Note is intended to provide guidance on whether an Agency licence is required to operate an air service, including the key factors the Agency may consider in its assessment of whether a service is “publicly available”.

Select legal counsel and trade associations specializing in air transportation matters have been invited to provide comments on the draft Interpretation Note. The Agency received valuable comments from stakeholders. As a result of the feedback received, the Agency has decided to reconsider certain elements of its proposed Interpretation Note. Once the Agency has completed its reconsideration, and made any necessary changes, it will publish the Interpretation Note.

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