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UK and Canada conclude post-Brexit open skies agreement

The UK has concluded a new air services agreement with Canada to allow for uninterrupted services between the two countries after Brexit.

Canadian transport minister Marc Garneau says the new agreement will allow any number of Canadian and British carriers to operate between both countries and gives those airlines "full flexibility" on route selection, including via third countries, frequency of service, and pricing.

The agreement also includes "unrestricted rights" for all-cargo services as well as codeshare services.

The Canadian government says the UK is the country's third largest air travel market.

UK transport secretary Chris Grayling says the UK will continue to enjoy the same access they is currently enjoyed with Canada through the EU open skies agreement.

"This new aviation agreement between the UK and Canada will further strengthen the strong economic and cultural bonds shared between our countries," he says.

FlightGlobal schedules data indicates that Air Canada is the largest carrier by seat capacity operating between the UK and Canada. On routes from London to cities in Canada, the national flag carrier has with more than 60% share, while British Airways has a 23% share, followed by Westjet with almost 10% and Air Transat with just under 7%.

The deal comes just days after the UK struck a post-Brexit aviation agreement with the USA.

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