Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):
I wish to make a short statement on air services at Gander.
The following arrangements have now been made with regard to provision of air services, after union, to and from Gander, Newfoundland.
Trans-Canada Air Lines will provide service from Gander to the Canadian mainland on both its transatlantic operations and its domestic operations. Trans-Canada Air Lines will also provide service from Gander to and from the United Kingdom on its transatlantic operations. This represents a new development, since Trans-Canada Air Lines has not previously carried traffic between Newfoundland and the United Kingdom; moreover, T.C.A. domestic connections which will link Gander with the transcontinental service are to be improved.
Temporary arrangements covering a three months' period terminating June 30, 1949, have been made, under which the foreign air lines now exercising traffic rights at Gander may continue to do so during this temporary period. Any exercise of traffic rights after June 30 will be dependent upon the reciprocal agreements which the government of Canada may make before that date with those governments in cases where Canada wishes to exercise reciprocal rights in foreign territory.
Arrangements are now in hand for formal bilateral discussions with the government of the United States, and these will take place in June.
Subtopic: STATEMENT AS TO AIR SERVICES TO AND FROM GANDER