Decision No. 346-A-2011
APPLICATION by Air Canada pursuant to subsection 78(2) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended.
Air Canada has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a temporary licence to operate an international air service on a scheduled basis, using large aircraft, between Canada and Colombia.
Air Canada is licensed to operate an international air service on a scheduled basis, using large aircraft, limited to four flights per week, between Canada and Colombia.
Condition No. 2 of the licence states:
This licence shall terminate on October 31, 2011.
The authority requested by Air Canada is extra-bilateral because there is no agreement or arrangement between Canada and Colombia which provides for the operation by a Canadian air carrier of a scheduled international air service between Canada and Colombia.
Prior to operating an international air service, Air Canada must, in addition to holding a licence, hold a valid Canadian aviation document and have the prescribed liability insurance coverage. The Agency is satisfied that Air Canada meets those requirements.
Concerning the duration of the subject authority, the Agency considers it appropriate to grant it until October 31, 2012.
Accordingly, the Agency, pursuant to subsection 78(2) of the Canada Transportation Act, varies Condition No. 2 of the licence to read:
This licence shall terminate on October 31, 2012.
Any similar requests for a subsequent authority shall be submitted to the Agency for approval one month prior to the expiry of the licence.