The Canadian Transportation Agency has granted Air France permission to temporarily operate an international service between French Polynesia and Canada, via intermediate points in the U.S., taking a step toward regular service
The decision, announced this week, will allow the carrier to operate the service for one year by selling transportation in its own name on flights operated by WestJet and Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection via points in the U.S.
The statement reads in part:
“The Agency has considered the application and the material in support and, in the expectation that favourable consideration will be given by the aeronautical authorities of France and French Polynesia to similar requests by designated Canadian carriers, finds it appropriate to permit Air France to operate an international service between French Polynesia and Canada via intermediate points in the United States of America.”
An intervention filed by Air Canada states that it has “no objection to Air France's request, on the condition that Canadian carriers are granted reciprocal treatment by the aeronautical authorities of French Polynesia, which ensures that French carriers do not benefit from extra-bilateral approvals to code share on third country carriers, while Canadian carriers are not able to do so.”
Air France concurred with Air Canada's comments, the decision stated.