Decision No. 641-A-1991

December 31, 1991

December 31, 1991

APPLICATION by Ontario Express Ltd. carrying on business as Canadian Partner/Partenaire Canadien for a licence to operate a scheduled international service serving the points Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the co-terminals Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

File No. M4895/C166-2-10

Docket No. 911330


Ontario Express Ltd. carrying on business as Canadian Partner/Partenaire Canadien (hereinafter the applicant) has applied to the Minister of Transport for a licence to operate the service set out in the title pursuant to the Regional, Local and Commuter Services Agreement contained in Diplomatic Notes ETT-1483 and 300 exchanged between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America on August 21, 1984 (hereinafter the Agreement) in lieu of 174590 Canada Inc. carrying on business as Air Toronto/Canadian Partner.

Pursuant to paragraph 86 (1)(b) of the National Transportation Act, 1987, R.S.C., 1985, c. 28 (3rd Supp.) (hereinafter the Act), the Minister of Transport advised the National Transportation Agency (hereinafter the Agency) of his decision to designate the applicant in lieu of 174590 Canada Inc. carrying on business as Air Toronto/Canadian Partner for the operation of scheduled international services between Toronto and the co-terminals Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo pursuant to the provisions of the Agreement. The Minister has requested the Agency to licence the applicant to provide the said service using aircraft type-certificated as capable of carrying not more than 60 passengers and as having a maximum payload capacity of not more that 18,000 pounds.

Under Licence No. 910269, 174590 Canada Inc. carrying on business as Air Toronto/Canadian Partner is authorized to operate a scheduled international service to serve the points Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the co-terminals Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

In light of the above-noted change in endorsement by the Minister of Transport, the Agency is of the opinion that 174590 Canada Inc. carrying on business as Air Toronto/Canadian Partner ceases to have the qualifications necessary for issuance of the said licence. Accordingly, the Agency considers it appropriate to cancel Licence No. 910269.

The applicant has established to the satisfaction of the Agency that it is Canadian as defined by section 67 of the Act and, accordingly, is eligible for designation by the Minister.

The pertinent terms and conditions of the Agreement having been met and the requirements of the Act having been complied with, the Agency, in accordance with the provisions of sections 69 and 88 of the Act, will issue to Ontario Express Ltd. carrying on business as Canadian Partner/ Partenaire Canadien a licence to operate a scheduled international service pursuant to the Agreement.

Moreover, the Agency deems it appropriate in the public interest to include the terms and conditions set out below in the licence to be issued, to reflect terms of the Agreement and direction of the Minister of Transport.

The licence to be issued pursuant to this Decision shall, in addition to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, be subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. The Licensee is authorized to serve the points Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the co-terminals Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.
  2. The operation of the scheduled international service authorized herein shall be conducted subject to the appropriate provisions of the Agreement and to any arrangements related thereto as may be agreed to between Canada and the United States of America.
  3. Unless terminated at an earlier date in accordance with the Act or the Agreement, this licence shall terminate at the termination or expiration of the Agreement, or upon the effective date of any amendment to the Agreement which shall have the effect of eliminating the rights herein authorized.
  4. While operating the scheduled international service authorized herein, the Licensee is restricted in its operations to the use of fixed wing aircraft type-certificated as capable of carrying no more than 60 passengers and having a maximum payload capacity of no more than 18,000 pounds.
  5. The scheduled international service authorized herein, when operated with aircraft certificated for 31 or more passengers, shall not be operated in conjunction with other air services when the combination would constitute single-plane service between terminal points of a route named in the schedules of the 1966 Air Transport Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States, as amended.
  6. The operation of the scheduled international service authorized herein shall be subject to the applicable provisions of the "use it or lose it" carrier selection policy contained in the Air Transport Committee's Notice of March 11, 1987 which is hereby made a part of this licence.

174590 Canada Inc. carrying on business as Air Toronto/Canadian Partner's Licence No. 910269 is hereby cancelled pursuant to paragraph 92(1)(a) of the National Transportation Act, 1987.

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