Decision No. 527-A-2009
December 29, 2009
APPLICATION by EPE SPA Air Algérie for an authority pursuant to section 77 of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended.
File No. M4212/A1033-4
EPE SPA Air Algérie carrying on business as Air Algérie (Air Algérie) has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for an authority to provide additional capacity in the operation of two additional weekly flights between Algiers, Algeria and Montréal, Quebec, Canada, from June 1 to September 15, 2010.
Air Algérie submits that the additional capacity is required due to an increased demand from Algerian nationals residing in Canada wishing to travel to Algeria and from Canadian companies with business contracts in Algeria.
Air Algérie is authorized to operate a scheduled international service in accordance with the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria on Air Transport initialled ad referendum on July 5, 2006 (Agreement).
Under the terms of the Agreement, the Government of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria may allocate among its designated airlines two weekly flights to be operated using their own aircraft in each direction, without restriction as to the type of aircraft.
Pursuant to paragraph 5 of Article X of the Agreement, capacity in excess of the entitlements set out in the Agreement may be agreed upon between the designated airlines, subject to the approval of the aeronautical authorities.
Air Canada, the Canadian designated carrier for air services between Canada and Algeria, supports Air Algérie's application to operate two additional weekly flights in each direction between Algiers and Montréal, from June 1 to September 15, 2010.
The Agency has reviewed and considered the application and the material in support and considers it appropriate to approve the temporary increases in capacity and the additional flights as agreed between the designated airlines.
Accordingly, pursuant to section 77 of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended (CTA) and as provided for in the Agreement, the Agency authorizes Air Algérie to provide additional capacity, by operating a third and a fourth weekly flights in each direction between Algiers and Montréal, from June 1 to September 15, 2010.
The authority granted does not constitute a change in capacity entitlements set out in the Agreement.
This authority does not exempt Air Algérie from the requirements of other legislative acts or regulations, including of Transport Canada.
- Raymon J. Kaduck
- John Scott