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Canada struck 26 new or expanded bilateral agreements to liberalize air transit with partner countries last year as part of its Blue Sky Policy, but trade policy experts and industry stakeholders say that the government needs more coordinated policies to realize the potential economic benefits of these much-touted pacts.
The federal government has been actively pursuing agreements aimed at liberalizing commercial air service to and from Canada since it announced its Blue Sky policy in 2006, and now has agreements with more than 80 countries, including a comprehensive air transport agreement covering all 27 European Union member states.
To date, Canada has...