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EK TorontoOTTAWA: July 27, 2018. Canada has agreed an immediate 68 percent increase in airline capacity with the UAE and, for the first time, the introduction of four all cargo services a week between the two countries.

Canada has also expanded its air transport agreement (ATA) with Egypt to allow designated airlines to increase weekly flights from four to seven from any city in either country.

"These expanded air transport agreements with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are a positive development for air transport relations between our countries,” said Canada’s minister of Transport Marc Garneau. “[They] will continue to facilitate tourism, trade and investment between Canada and these countries and help our businesses grow and succeed."

Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Egypt was valued at Can$1.3 billion in 2017 while equivalent trade with the UAE totalled Can$1.8 billion last year.

Canada minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr added: "Canada's commercial relationships with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are strong and growing. These expanded agreements will help Canadian companies grow and diversify their markets by making the movement of goods and people faster and easier."

As a result, Emirates will increase service between Dubai and Toronto from three to five times a week with an A380 from August 18, and Etihad will operate a similar frequency from Abu Dhabi with a B777-300ER beginning October 28.

Canada implemented a so-called ‘Blue Sky’ policy to encourage trade and tourism in 2006 and has since concluded new or expanded ATAs with 103 countries covering 96 percent of the country’s overall international passenger traffic.

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