AVIATION: Winning Hand

When Newfoundland became Canada's tenth province 2½^ months ago, U.S. airlines feared that things would be changed at Newfoundland's Gander airport. There, under the "Bermuda Agreement" with Great Britain (TIME, Feb. 11, 1946), the airlines had been able to: 1) refuel for their transatlantic flights, and 2) pick up and discharge passengers (traffic rights). The agreement ended when Newfoundland joined the Dominion, since Canada had never granted traffic privileges to U.S. lines. Thus she had a strong card to play for more air rights from the U.S.

Canada played her card well: she announced that traffic rights at Gander would...

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