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National borders erased for airlines in new plan

National borders erased for airlines in new plan

By Dr. Jerome Corsi

A new plan being discussed among officials from the United States,

Mexico and Canada essentially would erase national borders in North

America for air carriers, perhaps giving Aeromexico a pass to run a

Los Angeles-Toronto route or Air Canada to compete on the New

York-Paris connection, according to WND columnist Jerome Corsi.

He reported on a meeting held in Tucson, Ariz., involving U.S.

Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and her Mexican and Canadian


She’s already under fire, as WND has reported, for continuing work on

a program that could start as early as July 15 to give Mexican

truckers a virtual free pass to travel on United States roads.

The meeting in Tucson, called the North American Transportation

Trilateral, made it clear U.S. air transportation facilities also are

being reviewed in light of proposed traffic from foreign carriers that

also are based in North America, Corsi’s report noted.

Peters met with Mexico’s Secretary of Commerce and Transportation Luis

Téllez and Canada’s Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and

Communications Lawrence Cannon to define under the Security and

Prosperity Partnership a North American transportation system that

will meet the continental needs of "free trade" agreements including

NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, he reported.

Peters noted that existing agreements with Mexico and with Canada

already work to lift restrictions on continental travel to provide for

"free and open trans-border air travel."

But the next step, a North American Open Skies agreement, would

virtually eliminate those national boundaries, as far as air carriers

are concerned, Corsi reported.

The plan that was revealed shows over the next 10 years, "Air Canada

could be competing with U.S. carriers on the New York-Paris route and

Aeromexico might be launching flights between Los Angeles and


Canada’s government also noted that it is committed to "the future of

our shared transportation interests in an increasingly globalized


The vision for a North American transportation system suited for world

trade, Corsi reported, was articulated in the May 2005 Council on

Foreign Relations report entitled, "Building of a North American


That is to "establish a seamless North American market for trade,"

including "open skies and open highways."