Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has announced that Canada has successfully concluded new or expanded air transport agreements with a number of countries, including Mongolia. The first-time agreement with Mongolia provides an open and flexible code-sharing regime and will help to strengthen the growing bilateral air transport relationship. Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another air carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings. As these new or expanded agreements are being administratively applied, the new rights under these new and expanded agreements are available for use by airlines immediately. These new and expanded air transport agreements were reached under Canada's Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.