November/December News
Canada's Airports Applaud Legislation Expanding Preclearance Services in Canada

Canada's airports congratulates the Government of Canada for the successful passage of Bill C-23 (Preclearance Act), which received Royal Assent on December 12th, 2017.
 
Daniel-Robert Gooch 
 
 
"U.S. preclearance provides Canadian airports distinct advantages in att racting air service and offering enhanced connectivity in a globally competitive marketplace," said Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council. "Canad a's airports look forward to working with the Government of Canada on the implementation of Bill C-23."
 
Preclearance is currently offered at Canada's eight highest-volume airports. It allows travellers direct access to destinations in the U.S without customs facilities, promoting the cross - border flow of people and goods. Each U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) officer stationed in Canada clears on average 30,000 passengers/year.
Toronto Pearson International Airport 
 
"Transborder traffic to the U.S. is on the rise at many of Canada's major airports, with traffic up 2.7 cent last year, and five per cent so far this year ," said Gooch. "Bill C-23 provides airports with the option to have more U.S. CBP personnel on a cost recovery basis, which will provide preclearance airports greater flexibility to work with CBP in matching resources to demand. It also allows for the expansion of preclearance to other airports in Canada."

House of Commons Finance Committee Tables 2018 Pre-Budget Recommendations 

After twelve weeks of consultations, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance tabled its 2018 pre-budget recommendations for the Finance Minister's consideration on December 8th.

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) presented its recommendations to the committee on September 20th. The Finance Committee's report integrated most of the CAC's recommendations, with the exception of the proposal to improve border resources. Below is a summary of the CAC's recommendations, and the Finance Committee's recommendations.

Security Screening

The CAC recommended that the Government of Canada:
  • Set a globally competitive service level standard for security screening in Canada and funding to support any transition to a new structure;
  • Expedite deployment of the CATSA+ screening technology at additional checkpoints and airports throughout Canada; and
  • Institute comprehensive, structural reforms to the delivery and funding of security screening of passengers, baggage, and industry workers ("non passengers"), including the establishment of service level standards at Pre-Board Screening and a funding mechanism that better matches screening resources to growing demand.
The CAC also recommended in its remarks that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) needs to be sufficiently funded next year to support demand, and all revenue from the Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC) be allocated to support CATSA screening.

The Finance Committee recommended allocating all revenue from ATSC to CATSA. The funds should be used to ensure that Canada can establish globally competitive service level standards for security screening, and  CATSA is accountable for meeting these standards. The committee also recommended that CATSA+ screening technology be deployed on an expedited basis at additional checkpoints and airports throughout Canada. 
   
Airport Policies
 
The CAC requested the elimination of rent for all airports with fewer than three million passengers and to cap or eliminate rent for larger airports.
 
The Finance Committee recommended establishing limits on rents at Canada's airports and developing a plan designed to lead the full reinvestment of rents paid into Canada's airports. 
   
Border Services
 
The CAC recommended that the government provide additional funding for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to support growing air service demands as well as continued innovation through technology.
 
The Finance Committee was silent on the topic in its recommendations.
 
Arrivals Duty Free

The CAC recommended that the Government of Canada allow interested provinces to introduce Arrivals Duty Free by amending the Canada Customs Act, Section 24 (1)(c) to include duty free sales to arriving passengers to Canada instead of limiting only to persons who are about to leave Canada.

The Finance Committee recommended the government introduce duty-free stores upon arrival from international flights.
Canadian Airports Council's 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

T he Globe and Mail's supplement on Canada's airports contains informative stories on the strong demand on air travel and the actions airports are taking to ensure passengers get to where they need to go in a timely, and stress-free manner. It also contains a story about the actions needed by the Government of Canada to improve security screening. For more on these stories, click on this link: Globe and Mail Supplement on Canada's Airports

Toronto Pearson Launches Five-Year Noise Management Action Plan 

Following a two-year process that included extensive community engagement, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) released a noise management action plan on December 6th.  
   
Growing Responsibly: 2018-2022 Noise Management Action Plan outlines ten new commitments related to consultation, environmental responsibility, operational changes, monitoring and reporting aircraft noise, and industry collaboration.
 
As the Toronto Pearson International Airport grows, it will adopt the standards used by other leading international airports. It has announced its plans to move toward a Quieter Fleet Incentive Program that will provide incentives to encourage airlines to use quieter aircraft, starting with the A320 series retrofit. The GTAA will also immediately explore its existing Night Flight Restriction Program in relation to other international airports around the world.
 
"The noise management action plan is a major step for us and is built upon the feedback received from residents across the GTAA. It makes quieter operations a major focus for our entire organization," said Hillary Marshall, GTAA's vice president of stakeholder relations and communications.
Hillary Marshall 
 
Other measures announced in the noise management action plan include:
  • Investigating a new program to provide noise insulation to area homes
  • A Fly Quiet Program that will score and rank airlines on measures such as types of aircraft that are used, and adherence to quieter operating procedures
  • Reviewing the community noise committee to make the necessary changes that meet its neighbours' needs and expectations
Toronto Pearson is situated in one of the fastest growing regions in North America. Consequently, demand for aviation services is increasing. The noise management action plan will help to ensure that the measures Toronto Pearson uses to mitigate noise are ambitious and reduce the impact of its operations on neighbouring communities.
 

Regina International Airport Gets new CEO

After spending more than a decade at the Victoria Airport Authority, James Bogusz will become the Regina Airport Authority's new president and chief executive officer on February 1st, 2018.
James Bogusz


"I am honoured to be joining the team and working with the community to grow the airport," said James Bogusz. "Regina and the people are exceptional and I will work hard for our region to build on the airport's success. My wife Melanie and I look forward to growing deep roots in the community and contributing to Regina's long-term prosperity."

During the 1970s, James' parents lived in Regina. They later moved to Vancouver Island for work. In 2001, James founded a technology support business and the Victoria Airport Authority soon became a major client. By 2007, he joined the Victoria airport and sold his business and worked his way up through the company, and is currently the vice president of operations and development. Bogusz modernized the airport's operational systems and championed award winning environmental initiatives.

"The board and I are delighted that Bogusz will lead the Regina Airport Authority into its next stage of growth," said Ken Waschuk, acting chief executive officer of the Regina Airport Authority. "James is a highly impressive talent known for his energic and collaborative leadership style."

Bogusz is a member of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) Operations, Safety and Technical Affairs Committee and the CAC Environment Committee.
He has served on a variety of committees related to tourism development, technology and transportation. He previously served on the board for the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and is currently a director with the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

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Quebec City Airport Opens New Terminal
 
The Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) completed a major step in its development with the inauguration of its biggest construction project in its history.   

The project, known as YQB 2018, involves a dozen interlinked construction and information technology projects, including the resurfacing of the airport's runways. There are four new passenger gates, self-serve check-in kiosks, automated self-service customs kiosks, and charging stations for smartphones and tablets. There are also more baggage carousels a larger capacity luggage area, automated baggage drop-off facilities and dynamic communications and signage systems, including the YQB mobile application.
 
"The successful completion of YQB 2018 is based in large part on the commitment and support of the  bus iness commun ity in the greater Québec City area and the assistance received from poli tical and business leaders in the region. I would like to thank the governments of Canada and Québec for believing in our plan and renewing their support for our organization, with investments of $50 million from each level of government. I also thank the City of Québec, with which we will work more closely in the future to ensure the strategic development of our infrastructure, for the benefit of the region as a whole," said André Fortin, chair of the board of directors of Aéroport de Québec.
 
"We have chosen to create world-calibre infrastructure to join the top 10 of the country's most visited airports," added Gaëtan Gagné, president and chief executive officer of Aéroport de Québec. "The infrastructure developments will accelerate the transformation of our organization and drive our growth, for the benefit of all of our passengers. By extending and investing in the airport, we will stimulate competition between carriers, and this will be reflected in the price of your ticket." 
 
The project was implemented using an innovative Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach, which relies on geothermal heat, automated lighting, heat recovery and the controlled intake of fresh air.  

The project involved the investment of $277 million, and 550,000 hours of work since 2015.

The airport has been expanding at an average rate of 6.3 per cent per year since 2000. It welcome 1.6 million passengers in 2016. 
 
"Today, we are ready to respond to the rapid growth in worldwide travel, to attract new players and, above all, to offer an outstanding passenger experience," said Gagné. " We can now concentrate on our next goal: a U.S. customs preclearance facility to accelerate growth and make us the country's 9th largest airport."
 
Canada's airports are important economic drivers in their regions, contributing to job creation, regional development, and the quality of life of Canadians. More details will be released in January with the launch of an Economic Impact Study of Canada's airports. 

New Terminal Opens at the Trail Regional Airport

A new terminal building opened at the Trail Regional Airport in British Columbia on November 29th, which will accommodate more than 22,000 air passengers a year.

The terminal building has designated drop-off and pick-up zones, ample short-term and long-term parking, and a spacious waiting area with easy and convenient check in.

"A new terminal building has been a necessity for our airport for a long time," said Councillor Kevin Jolly, chair of the Airport Steering Committee. "We are excited to open the facility and we are very thankful o
f the province's $1.18 million from the BC Air Access Program to help bring the project to fruition."

"Our airports are a vital link in our transportation system," said BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena. "The terminal building upgrade will improve the travelling experience and will offer a positive first impression when they arrive in the community."


The new 4,200 square foot building is spacious and bright and provides ample seating, a business centre, a kids corner, plenty of parking and designated passenger pick-up and drop-off zones. 

"We accommodate nearly 22,000 passengers yearly, and this number is growing," said Jolly. "The airport is a critical amenity for our region's transportation network and we look forward to providing convenient, reliable and affordable air service through our improved infrastructure."
 
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