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December 4, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today welcomed the announcement made by Air Canada of a new direct flight to Delhi, India.
The new direct flight, made possible by Canada’s air transport agreement with India, will depart from Toronto four times a week and is expected to start service in November 2015.
The direct route will help boost exports and business opportunities, enhance tourism linkages and foster Canada’s already strong people-to-people ties with India.
- India is Canada’s largest trading partner in South Asia, with merchandise trade doubling over the last 10 years, reaching close to $6 billion in 2013.
- India is a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan and International Education Strategy. It offers many opportunities for Canadian businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises.
- Nearly 1.2 million Canadians can trace their roots to India.
“I welcome these new direct flights to India, an important partner for Canada. Facilitating transportation for Canadians, including business people, goes hand in hand with opening new markets around the world and creating jobs at home.”
– Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade