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June 2014 Newsletter
John Gibson Appointed CAC Chair 
The Canadian Airports Council announced on June 10th the appointment of Prince George Airport Authority President and CEO John Gibson as the new chair of its board. 

Mr. Gibson, who has served as the association's vice chair since 2012, succeeds Edmonton Airports President and CEO Tom Ruth.

"Canada's airports are vitally important to growing Canada's economy and serving the needs of our communities. John's experience in the industry will help us continue to push for policy changes that will improve the competitiveness of our industry and attract more air travel to, from, through, and within Canada," said Mr. Ruth. "During John's tenure on the board, he has played an integral part in building strong relationships with senior government officials in his region and federally in Ottawa. The CAC membership is excited to move forward under John's leadership."

Mr. Gibson has served as president and CEO of the PGAA since July 1st, 2009. An aviation industry veteran of over 40 years, Mr. Gibson was vice president of marketing at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport for eight years prior to joining the PGAA. Mr. Gibson previously held senior positions in air cargo with Canadian Airlines International, where he successfully developed a series of cargo initiatives in Japan, Asia, South Pacific, South America, and the United States.

New CAC Vice Chair and Addition of Regional Directors

The CAC also announced Greater Toronto Airports Authority President and CEO Howard Eng has been elected as its new vice chair. Mr. Eng has over 25 years of experience in the airport industry involving project development, planning, retail and operations. Prior to joining the GTAA, Mr. Eng served as the Executive Director of Airport Operations for the Airport Authority Hong Kong.

Additionally, Vancouver Airport Authority President and CEO Craig Richmond was named chair of the Large Airports Caucus, a policy committee that focuses on the unique needs of Canada's large airports. In this position, Mr. Richmond joins the CAC's executive committee.

In other changes to the board, Halifax Stanfield International Airport Authority President and CEO Joyce Carter and Deer Lake Regional Airport President and CEO Jamie Schwartz join as directors.
Canadian Airports Recognized Among
North America's Best for Marketing
and Communications
During its 2014 Marketing and Communications Conference in Edmonton, Airports Council International-North America revealed the 31 North American airports that submitted winning entries in the 2014 ACI-NA Excellence in Marketing and Communications Contest. San Francisco International Airport was the recipient of the contest's top honor, the Peggy G. Hereford Overall Award for Excellence.

"The results of the 2014 ACI-NA Excellence in Marketing and Communications Contest vividly illustrate the innovation and creativity needed in telling the important story of airports," said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. "From our large hubs to our small airports, the imagination and skill on display throughout all the entries of this year's contest are testament to the commitment airports make to engaging and connecting with the communities that they connect to the rest of the world."

Canadian airports were among the top-3 in a number of categories (full listing below).

This year, 56 airports and airport authorities submitted 287 entries in categories ranging from printed materials such as annual reports and newsletters, to broadcast advertising and social media campaigns, to public relations and community outreach initiatives.  Each of the 20 categories was judged by communications and marketing professionals from the U.S. and Canada.

Visit ACI-NA's website for the complete list of contest winners!

Annual Reports

1st Place: Edmonton International Airport
3rd Place: A�roports de Montr�al


1st Place: Gander International Airport

Community Outreach
1st Place: A�roports de Montr�al
2nd Place: Edmonton International Airport

Creative Innovations - Promotional Items
1st Place: Ottawa International Airport
3rd Place: Gander International Airport

Creative Innovations - Technology
3rd Place: A�roports de Montr�al

Marketing Campaigns
2nd Place: Vancouver Airport Authority

Partnering with Carriers
2nd Place: Edmonton International Airport

Public Relations Campaigns
3rd Place: Vancouver Airport Authority

Radio Advertising
1st Place: Gander International Airport

Social Media Campaigns
3rd Place: Greater Moncton International Airport

Unscheduled Communications/Breaking News
1st Place: Winnipeg Richardson International Airport
3rd Place: Calgary International Airport

Video and Film Productions
3rd Place: Edmonton International Airport

Websites (Traditional)
2nd Place: Hamilton International Airport
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt Launches Review of Canada Transportation Act
Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt announced on June 25th that the government will conduct its statutory review of Canada's transportation legislation. According to the federal government's announcement, the review will look at the Canada Transportation Act and 'other acts related to transportation in Canada, and will analyze how existing laws and regulations affect competitiveness.'

The Honourable David Emerson, P.C., will chair the CTA review with the support of five advisors representing a broad range of transportation perspectives and industry experience from various regions of the country:
"This review comes at a critical time when we need, more than ever, a safe, efficient and clean transportation system to move goods and people, and help Canadian businesses seize new opportunities and continue to compete internationally. We need to create the right conditions for a system that has the capacity and flexibility to respond to global and domestic demands," said Minister Raitt. "Given Mr. Emerson's extensive private sector and government experience, I am confident we will receive solid recommendations to help us plan for the future."
Federal Government Announces Electronic Travel Authorization Fee
On June 20th, the federal government released proposed amendments on the Canada Gazette that will require foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries, except for residents of the United States, to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization online through the department of Citizenship and Immigration's website.

The online application process will require visitors to enter biographic details, passport, and background information, and pay a $7 processing fee to obtain an ETA.

Also announced was that ETA would be valid for five years from date of issue or until the applicant's passport or travel document expires.

In 2012-2013, more than 7,000 visa-exempt foreign nationals were found ineligible to enter Canada for various reasons upon arriving in Canada by air, according to the federal government.

Under the new system, travellers would be advised of any potential issues before getting on a plane to visit Canada.
Centerlines Blog Celebrates 'Construction Month'
Today's airports are stunning pieces of architecture, showcasing world class design, functionality, and art. ACI-NA profiled major construction projects at airports in Canada and the U.S. this month.
Two Canadian airports, the Fort McMurray International Airport and the Calgary International Airport, wrapped up major projects that generated a lot of buzz in their respective communities.

Be sure to check out the full submissions from these airports, and other contributors, in the Centerlines Blog!

The New Fort McMurray International Airport: Gateway to Canada's Oil Sands - Prior to its opening on June 9th, the new Fort McMurray International Airport set a goal to redefine air travel in terms of convenience and improving the overall customer experience for the nearly 1.2 million passengers who travel through annually. Not only is the new terminal building easier and faster to move through, customers will experience a new level of comfort in the departure lounges and exceptional selection in retail and dining. The award winning, state-of-the-art terminal building is approximately 15,000 square feet (approximately two-and-a-half Canadian football fields) and reflects Northern Alberta's natural beauty that is distinctive with dense boreal forest, limitless horizons, and the impressive northern lights.

Calgary Unveils Canada's Longest Runway - At 14,000 feet long and 200 feet wide, the Calgary International Airport's new runway will bring more people and add more destinations to the already extensive worldwide network enjoyed by the 14.3 million travelers who pass through YYC annually. To help celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art airfield project, the airport authority turned to the community for ideas and hosted the "YYC Run and Roam the Runway" from June 14-15th. Canada's third-busiest and fastest-growing airport officially opened the country's longest runway on June 28th, welcoming a WestJet arrival from St.John's, Newfoundland as its first flight, and an Air Canada flight departing for Tokyo as its second flight.
Reg Wright Named Gander International Airport Authority President and CEO
The Gander International Airport Authority announced the appointment of Reg Wright as its new president and CEO.

"Since joining the GIAA in 2004, Mr. Wright has a strong record of achievement and played a key role in our airport's growth and development," said GIAA Chair Fred Moffit. "He has the senior management experience and savvy to lead us into the years ahead and ensure the Gander International Airport remains a vibrant economic engine for Central Newfoundland."


Mr. Wright will be replacing long-serving chief executive Gary Vey, who will be retiring on July 1st. Mr. Vey served the airport and community for 17 years and is the only chief executive the airport has had since the transfer from Transport Canada.  

HIAA Appoints New VP Finance and CFO
The Halifax International Airport Authority announced the appointment of Paul Brigley as its new Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, effective June 30th.

"We know Paul will make a significant contribution," said HIAA President and CEO Joyce Carter. "His extensive experience in finance and transportation in both private enterprise and publicly traded companies will serve him well on our team."

In his new position, Mr. Brigley will be responsible for the advancement and protection of the financial integrity of HIAA. He will oversee all significant financial transactions and will support and analyze HIAA's business activities and opportunities.

"I am very pleased to be joining the team at HIAA and look forward to contributing to the execution of their strategic plan," said Mr. Brigley.

Mr. Brigley most recently served as senior vice president and CFO of Halterm Container Terminal Limited. Prior to joining Halterm in 2004, Mr. Brigley held senior financial reporting roles with Maritime Life Assurance and the Bank of Bermuda.
Canada's Airports Welcome William A. Restall to CATSA Board
Bill Restall On June 18th, the Canadian Airports Council welcomed the appointment of William A. Restall to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority's board of directors for a three-year term.

"Canada's airports welcome Bill to this new point of his career as he joins CATSA's board after an impressive career in the air transportation industry. Having served as the Saskatoon airport's chief executive for over a decade, in addition to his board level experience with numerous industry stakeholders, his expertise and foresight will be a great addition to the organization's board of directors," said CAC Chair John Gibson. "CATSA plays a very important role in ensuring the safety and security of travellers and their belongings. Canada's airports are privileged to nominate two members of our community to its board."

Mr. Restall has 36 years of experience in the air transportation industry. He mostly recently served as the president and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority, where he retired in January 2013. After joining the CAC's board of directors in 2004, Mr. Restall became vice chairman in 2008, marking the first time the association's first vice chair was from Canada's small airports community. He then went on to serve as chairman of the board from 2010-2012, and as a director on Airport Council International-North America's board.  

Mr. Restall was also a founding director of the Saskatchewan Aviation Council, a past president of International Northwest Aviation Council, and a director of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.

The CAC nominates two individuals to CATSA's board for a term up to five years with a possibility of renewal. Mr. Restall joins former Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO Paul Benoit as a representative of Canada's airport operators.
Robust Gains in Passenger Traffic as Air Freight Maintains Momentum in April
ACI-World reported global passenger traffic grew by 6.7% for the month of April. International travel contributed the overall upward surge in passenger traffic with an increase of 9% for the month and domestic passenger markets moved up by 4.8%.

While all regions across the board experienced gains in passenger traffic, the Middle East continues to stand out, growing by 14.7% in April.

International passenger traffic was also strong in Europe, with gains of over 9% as compared to the previous year.
Air freight markets continue to gain steam with the overall improvements in world trade and recovery in global demand.

The two largest global air freight markets, North America and Asia-Pacific, continue to lead the air freight recovery since both regions attained growth levels of over 5%.

Click here to find out more information about ACI-World's monthly data.
Industry News Quick Links
WestJet Encore begins march east - Calgary Herald (June 25, 2014)

Landing limits lowered at Comox Valley airport - Comox Valley Echo (June 23, 2014)

WestJet quickly into black on low-risk Europe expansion - Vancouver Sun (June 17, 2014)

U.S. Travel Association: Air travel hassles cause $35.7B economic loss - CBS News (June 17, 2014)

Editorial: YYC means much more than just an airport - Calgary Herald (June 13, 2014)

The innovative bright spot of the Vancouver Airport Authority's passport kiosks - Forbes (June 7, 2014)

Ottawa, airlines weigh risks of hazardous goods on commercial flights - Globe and Mail (June 4, 2014)

 Air Canada's Rovinescu named new IATA chairman - Airport World
(June 3, 2014)

Historic Toronto Island airport terminal the focus of preservation effort by celebrities - National Post (June 3, 2014)
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In This Issue
John Gibson Appointed CAC Chair
Canadian Airports Recognized Among North America's Best for Marketing and Communications
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt Launches Review of Canada Transportation Act
Federal Government Announces Electronic Travel Authorization Fee
Centerlines Blog Celebrates 'Construction Month'
Reg Wright Named Gander International Airport Authority President and CEO
HIAA Appoints New VP Finance and CFO
Canada's Airports Welcome William A. Restall to CATSA Board
Robust Gains in Passenger Traffic as Air Freight Maintains Momentum in April
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