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Jamaica, Canada to see major benefits from open skies deal

Canada JamaicaThe tourism and cargo-shipment sectors are set to record momentous growth as a result of an air-service agreement that was inked between the Jamaican and Canadian governments.

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The agreement, negotiated on the Jamaican Government's behalf by the Noel Hylton-chaired Air Policy Committee, is an advancement of the Jamaican Government's open skies policy, started in 2010, and replaces an older agreement between the two countries, The Gleaner reports.

The previous Jamaica Labour Party administration had appointed Hylton to chair the committee with a view towards developing an open skies policy with the inclusion of all the major countries in the world.

Hylton explained that with such a policy in place, the bureaucracy that once existed in aircraft lifting people and cargo from other countries to Jamaica is now much reduced.

In the case of Canada, with the signing of the agreement, any registered Canadian carrier can fly to Jamaica with ease.

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