Decision No. 726-A-1999

December 23, 1999

December 23, 1999

APPLICATION by Aeroflot- Russian International Airlines for renewal of the authorization to: 1) carry international bonded cargo shipments to/from Mirabel International Airport coming from and destined to points outside the territory of Canada; and 2) combine Canadian and transshipped cargo on the same aircraft to/from Mirabel International Airport until December 31, 2000.

File No. M4815-2-1/A565

Docket No. 991276


Aeroflot-Russian International Airlines (hereinafter Aeroflot) has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (hereinafter the Agency) for the authority set out in the title. The application was received on December 8, 1999.

In accordance with Canadian Government policy announced on August 6, 1982, the Minister of Transport directed the Air Transport Committee (hereinafter the Committee) of the Canadian Transport Commission (hereinafter the CTC) to consider applications from air carriers for authorization to carry international cargo shipments to and from Mirabel International Airport coming from and destined to points outside the territory of Canada. The Minister of Transport further directed the Committee to make any authorization subject to the carriers' obligation to: 1) report traffic carried to and from Mirabel International Airport; and 2) have sufficient insurance to satisfy the minimum requirements of the Air Carrier Regulations, C.R.C., 1978, c. 3. The Minister of Transport further directed the Committee to consider applications for authorizations to combine transshipped cargo with Canadian cargo on the same services where a carrier is licensed to carry cargo of Canadian origin or destination pursuant to a bilateral air services agreement.

By Decision No. 621-A-1998 dated December 15, 1998, the Agency authorized Aeroflot to carry international bonded cargo shipments to and from Mirabel International Airport coming from and destined to points outside the territory of Canada; and to combine Canadian and transshipped cargo on the same aircraft to/from Mirabel International Airport until December 31, 1999.

Pursuant to subsection 7(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10 (hereinafter the CTA), the National Transportation Agency (hereinafter the NTA) is continued as the Agency. In addition, pursuant to subsection 272(2) of the National Transportation Act, 1987, R.S.C., c. 28 (3rd Supp.) (hereinafter the NTA, 1987) and section 187 of the CTA, any power, duty or function vested in or exercisable by the CTC and subsequently the NTA under a direction from the Minister of Transport is a power, duty or function vested in or exercisable by the Agency.

Under Licence No. 975140, Aeroflot is authorized to operate a scheduled international service on the route set out in the Air Services Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Russian Federation initialled ad referendum on June 17, 1998 (hereinafter the Agreement).

The Agency has considered the application and is satisfied that Aeroflot holds a valid Canadian aviation document and has prescribed liability insurance coverage in respect of the service to be provided. In addition, the Agency notes that Aeroflot is licensed to carry cargo of Canadian origin or destination under Licence No. 975140. Accordingly, pursuant to the direction of the Minister of Transport, subsection 272(2) of the NTA, 1987 and section 187 of the CTA, the Agency hereby renews Aeroflot's authorization to carry international bonded cargo shipments to and from Mirabel International Airport coming from and destined to points outside the territory of Canada; and to combine Canadian and transshipped cargo on the same aircraft to/from Mirabel International Airport until December 31, 2000. This authorization is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Aeroflot shall report to the Aviation Statistics Centre all traffic carried to and from Mirabel International Airport in accordance with the Agency's reporting requirements.
  2. With respect to the combination of Canadian and transshipped cargo on the same aircraft, the flights are to be operated in accordance with the route(s) set out in the Agreement as reflected in Aeroflot's scheduled international Licence No. 975140; and
  3. With respect to the combination of Canadian and transshipped cargo on the same aircraft, the capacity made available for Canadian origin or destination cargo shall not exceed the total entitlements provided for in the Agreement.

Aeroflot must comply with the applicable requirements of all legislative acts or regulations, including those of Transport Canada.

Aeroflot is reminded to contact Transport Canada or the local airport authority regarding permission either to operate at specific times or to use any airport facility. Regarding the availability of clearance services, Aeroflot is reminded to contact the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

This authorization is subject to the continuing requirements that Aeroflot hold a valid Canadian aviation document issued by the Minister of Transport and have sufficient liability insurance coverage in respect of the service to be provided to satisfy the minimum requirements of the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended.

A copy of this authorization shall be kept on board the aircraft and made available for inspection by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency for each flight operated.

Any application for an extension of this authorization should be filed with the Agency in writing by November 15, 2000 and should include a copy of Aeroflot's valid certificate of insurance and evidence that it continues to hold a valid Canadian aviation document, if not already on file, and any information pertaining to changes in Aeroflot's corporate structure.

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