May News & Updates
Canada's Airports Seek Progress on CATSA Reforms

The Transportation Modernization Act, which was introduced in Parliament by Transport Minister Marc Garneau in mid-May, is aimed at advancing passenger rights, liberalizing international ownership restrictions of Canadian air carriers and enabling the government to provide new or additional screening services on a cost-recovery basis.
Daniel-Robert Gooch 
 
While most of these commitments were outlined in Transportation 2030, the new legislation did not deliver any additional details or the meaningful reforms to security screening that Canada's airports were hoping for.

While the legislation gives airports more flexibility to work with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) on cost recovery initiatives such as accelerated service levels for premium travellers, there is a concern that this is part of a broader trend to have industry shoulder more of the costs for security that were supposed to be supported by the Air Travellers Security Charge. 
 
Credit: Fredericton International Airport 
Transportation 2030 committed to look at CATSA governance, new equipment and technology, and hold CATSA more accountable to a service standard and its funding more responsive and sustainable.
 
Canada's airports experienced strong growth of 5.4% in passenger volumes last year. This growth was even higher at many of Canada's busiest international airports, leading to long lines and weary travellers at security screening and Canadian border services at airports.
 
"We need to do better," said Minister Garneau in his Transportation 2030 speech in Montreal last November. "By comparison, our competitor countries are doing better. Wait times in Germany, France and Belgium range between 90 and 95 percent of passengers waiting 10 minutes or less. We will work to set internationally competitive targets, allowing Canada's airports to keep up with hubs in other countries."
 
With strong growth in passenger forecasts well into the future, airports have an immediate concern that service level standards be established for security screening performed by CATSA and a funding model be put into place to allow resources to grow with demand. Passenger demand is at its highest during summer months, and with Canada's 150th birthday this year, airports are bracing themselves for a particularly busy summer.

While discussions with Transport Canada on structural reforms to CATSA have begun, this could be a lengthy process. The immediate needs of passengers cannot be forgotten.

Daniel-Robert Gooch
President


National Airlines Council of Canada News Release
 
Eleven Airports in Southern Ontario Work Together to Manage Growing Demand on Air Travel
 
The Southern Ontario Airport Network (SOAN), which was brought together in 2015 and formalized this year, released a plan in May that outlines a 30-year vision to maximize airport infrastructure to better coordinate air services amidst growing demand on air travel across the region.
Members of the Southern Ontario Airport Network  

The network is comprised of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport,  Toronto Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, London International Airport, Oshawa Executive Airport, Niagara District Airport, Peterborough Airport, Region of Waterloo Airport and Windsor International Airport.

Toronto Pearson will play a specific role attracting and accommodating a greater number of international routes and passengers.

"In 2016, we reported eight per cent growth in passenger numbers over the previous year, the largest growth year-over-year in the history of the airport," said President and CEO Howard Eng of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "This growth is forecast to continue over the next three decades presenting tremendous opportunity, not only for Toronto Pearson but for the region as a whole."

The network is looking at ground transportation needs in the region, and the changes that can be made to reduce congestion. 

The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport announced earlier in May that it is providing a new daily shuttle service that will be seamlessly connected with Toronto Pearson's mega hub and downtown Toronto Union Station.
Credit: John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

"The airport is continuing to see a growing demand for transportation between airports like Hamilton International and Toronto Pearson mega hub as well as with the Greater Toronto Area," said Director of Marketing and Communications Dina Carlucci from the Hamilton International Airport. "This new service provides more choices for passengers originating from the Greater Toronto region or connecting through the Southern Ontario Airport Network."
  
A study will be conducted to identify opportunities for future point-to-point growth in leisure, business aviation and short-haul markets at regional airports. Strategies will also be developed to promote responsible and sustainable airport growth, including community engagement and noise management.


Aéroports de Montreal Invests $500 Million to Accommodate Passenger Growth
 
Aéroports de Montreal (ADM) is making significant investments in its infrastructure and services to manage record levels of passenger traffic. It recently confirmed that its investments will reach a half a billion dollars in 2016 and 2017.

Credit: ADM
"The growth of passenger traffic is accelerating, so we have to increase our capacity," said President and CEO Philippe Rainville of ADM. "Our investments of a half a billion dollars aim to increase the capacity of our infrastructure as well as improve customer experience."

Improvements are being made to the Canadian customs area, the baggage room, departure drop-off zones and the check-in process.

In terms
Credit: ADM
of the Canadian customs area, more than $14 million is being invested in defining new routes and reorganizing the customs area, adding a team dedicated to passenger flow, installing next-generation customs control stations, and creating a connecting flight centre for transit.

The connecting flight centre will separate connecting flight passengers as early as possible from others who are ending their journey in Montreal and have to go through customs.

"The idea of such a centre for all types of connecting flights is so powerful that it became obvious, especially since the rate of connecting flights will reach nearly 20 per cent this year at Montreal-Trudeau," added Rainville
Credit: ADM
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The temporary connecting flights centre will be operational this summer. The airport will build a larger permanent centre that is expected to be in service by the end of 2018. The estimated wait times to reach the primary inspection line will also be posted this summer.


Renovations
Credit: ADM
to the international and domestic departures area will increase check-in capacity and improve commercial service. It will include the installation of 60 check-in stations for public use and 15 automated baggage checking stations, which is expected to be completed next year.

Investments have also made in sustainable development projects to reduce the airport's environmental footprint, such as the recent installation of 14 electric charging stations for electric cars in the parking lot. A living wall was also inaugurated this winter, which works as an eco-friendly humidifier and oxygen generator.

Montreal Gazette News Story


Atlantic Business Magazine has named President and CEO Joyce Carter of Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) one of Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEO's.
Joyce Carter

"The Top 50 CEO awards recognize corporate leadership excellence," said Hubert Hutton, publisher of Atlantic Business Magazine. "Joyce Carter exemplifies all of the characteristics that the judges look for in a top 50 chief executive officer: community involvement, corporate growth, managerial acumen and industry leadership. By celebrating her accomplishments, as well as those of the other award winners, we hope to inspire people throughout the region with the depth and breadth of leadership across Atlantic Canada."

Carter began her career at HIAA in 1999, prior to the transfer of operational and managerial control of the airport from Transport Canada to the local airport authority in early 2000. Since then, she has been integral in HIAA's growth and development, becoming chief financial officer in 2006, chief strategy officer in 2008, and president and chief executive officer in 2014.
Credit: Halifax Stanfield International Airport

"As president and chief executive officer, I am gratified to represent the dedicated people of Halifax Stanfield," said Carter. "They take great pride in their service, meeting the challenges of the region's largest airport and living their mission - to create prosperity by connecting Atlantic Canada to the world."

Carter holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary's University and is a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious designation of Fellow Chartered Accountant. She obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors designation in September 2015.

Ms. Carter serves as a member of Dalhousie University's Board of Governors and is chair of the finance, audit, investment and risk committee, as well as a member of the executive committee. In 2016, she was appointed president of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association's board of directors. She is also a board member of the Canadian Airports Council and is chair of its large airports caucus and governance committee.


Since Canada's airports were transferred to local entities in the 1990s, every dollar of profit has been reinvested back into their airports. Learn more at hub.cacairports.ca
Winnipeg Airport Drives Manitoba's Economy
 
A new economic impact study shows that the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport contributes $1.54 billion in GDP and over $3.37 billion in economic output. More than 17,000 jobs were created and sustained by airport operations throughout the province.
Credit: Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport 

"The Winnipeg Airport Authority (WAA) continues to adapt to the increasing speed of business, providing the facilities and services that Manitobans need to succeed," said President and CEO Barry Rempel of WAA. "Whether it is tourists coming to experience all our province has to offer or aircraft engines being shipped around the globe, we are connecting Winnipeg and Manitoba to the world."

The number of passengers using the airport jumped more than 13 per cent last year compared to the previous year. More than four million passengers passed through the airport in 2016, up from 3,572,000 in 2015.

Winnipeg is considered to be the number one dedicated freighter airport in Canada, keeping goods flowing efficiently and building on the community's reputation as a transportation and logistics hub. 

The economic impact study was prepared by InterVISTAS Consulting Inc.


Saskatoon Airport Launches Consultations on Master Plan

The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport is in the process of developing an airport master plan to provide a long-term development vision to match the forecast growth of the airport. 
Credit: Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport


"Building on the momentum of our new air terminal building, being recognized locally and internationally for our service quality initiatives, we are focusing on the next steps to exceed our guests' expectations," said President and CEO Stephen Maybury of the Saskatoon Airport Authority. "Our master plan will provide us with valued feedback from our community that is essential to meet our vision to be Canada's most valued airport experience."

The master plan will be used as a tool to plan and prioritize the allocation of resources towards airport capital projects to ensure the best long-term value to the airport.

Consultations are taking place, and the findings of the consultation will be made public later in August.
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ACI Releases Preliminary 2016 World Airport Traffic Rankings

Traffic at the world's 20 busiest air passenger hubs grew 4.7 per cent in 2016. With over 1.4 billion passengers passing through the airports in 2016, this group of 20 represents 18 per cent of global passenger traffic. Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson retained the top spot as the world's busiest airport, boasting over 104 million passengers, 2.6 per cent more than 2015. Beijing held onto the second spot. Dubai again secured the third position. Toronto Pearson International Airport made it in the top 20 for the number of aircraft movements. It had 456,536 aircraft movements in 2016, an increase of 2.8 per cent from the previous year.

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