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April 2014 Newsletter
Why Canada's Aviation Sector Underpins Canadian Trade
The following article written by CAC President Daniel-Robert Gooch was originally published in the Financial Post on
April 16th.

Under the recently signed Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Canadian businesses have better access to the world's 15th-largest economy - the fourth largest in Asia - and a more direct link to the growing Asia-Pacific region.

It's commonly known that Canada has a trade-based economy, with trade rising steadily over the last two decades. To support global trade, Canada needs strong aviation links.

Like highways, bridges, and railroads, airports are the physical transportation infrastructure that makes international trade possible. Canada's air transport sector has an economic footprint of nearly $35-billion and supports some 140,000 direct jobs, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada and SNC Lavalin's Airports and Aviation Group. The report also affirms better connectivity between two countries not only facilities trade, it stimulates the demand for increased air travel - a 1% increase in flights is associated with a 0.88% increase in trade. In other words, Canada has a tendency to trade more with countries to which it has greater air access.

Research by the Department of Foreign Affairs last year looked at air service agreements and their impact on trade. The results show the existence of an air service agreement has a significant impact on merchandise and services trade. Over the period of study, Canada had 53% greater merchandise trade, 169% greater services trade and 269% higher commercial services trade with those countries with which Canada had an air service agreement with than those it did not. But, it's not simply a matter of saying more flights mean more trade. The trick is to ensure greater air access and the free flow of passengers and goods.

Opportunities to advance Canada's trade efforts with emerging markets such as Asia and Latin America are with countries whose citizens require a visa for travel to Canada. This is seen as a burden for travel as the process is cumbersome and not user-friendly. Fortunately Canada is working to change this, which Canada's aviation sector greatly supports.

Looking ahead to 2030, the large majority of growth will be travel to and from Asia. South America is also set to grow by two and a half times the number of visitors to 2030. But, there are visas in place for many of these countries and they act as a barrier to business and leisure travel. In February 2014, Chile was designated as a member of the Visa Waiver Program in the U.S., but this is not yet the case in Canada. And, of course, there is the hotly contested issue surrounding visas for travellers from Mexico.

A bright spot in facilitating easier travel between borders came during the North American Leaders Summit where Canada, the United States, and Mexico announced a commitment to develop a North America-wide trusted traveler program - building on the successes of the joint Canada-U.S. Nexus program and other trusted traveler programs in North America and around the world. It's a positive step, but we will have to wait and see how much of an impact the program will have compared to visa-free access.

Today, aviation is at the heart of this country's economic future and given our relatively small domestic market, Canadian businesses have to think globally to grow. Canadians are promoting Canada and Canadian business in a growing number of markets abroad, driving further economic growth and jobs. Aviation is an enabler to making this happen.
Celebrating Earth Week: Canadian Airports Doing Their Part for the Environment
Today's airports supports a wide variety bottom line of 'green' initiatives, from advanced stormwater detention systems and use of alternative energy systems to power airport operations and reduce emissions, to development of wildlife management areas and community arts programs on airport property. 

Some of these projects were featured in Airport Council International-North America's Centerlines blog during Earth Week (April 21st-25th) by airports in the U.S. and Canada.

Here is a sampling of Earth-friendly initiatives from Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Victoria and Vancouver.

Halifax Gets Creative and Collaborative with Solid Waste Management Practices:
The Halifax International Airport Authority has made considerable efforts to communicate with and educate people, ranging from the individual passengers who pass through its terminals to the diverse airlines from around the world that collect waste onboard.


Montr�al - The Airport That Planted Trees: A�roports de Montr�al instituted a tree policy in 2009. Its goal is to protect areas of high ecological value on airport lands and mitigate the environmental impacts of projects.

Toronto Pearson Gearing Up for Creek Cleanup: Now in its twelfth year, the annual creek cleanup occurs along a section of Spring Creek that is within the primary security line and not accessible by the general public. Spring Creek upstream of Toronto Pearson International Airport is a highly urbanized watershed with a mix of commercial, industrial and residential land uses. This mixed land use always leads to the possibility of "interesting" finds and a contest for participants.  


Victoria Diversion Project Channels Good Land Stewardship: There is no question that locally sourced produce is fantastic.  It supports both the local economy and is a far more sustainable way to feed a community. To help mitigate the pollution that is created through fertilizers that are applied on the farm and ultimately end up in the stream, the Victoria Airport Authority stepped up in a big way.

Wildlife Management at YVR: Birds with Jobs: Given the Vancouver International Airport's location along the Pacific Flyway, Sea Island is home to several local bird species, as well as a popular stopover for flocks of migratory birds heading south or north, depending on the season. To combat potential bird strikes, the airport's wildlife program introduced one relatively new element to its habitat management and bird movement plan: the use of trained raptors.  

Non-stop Service from Edmonton to Dallas Takes Flight
From left to right: George Rogers, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Leduc-Beaumont and Deputy Speaker of the Alberta Legislature, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports Tom Ruth, Will Livsey, Regional Manager of Market Development and Network Planning at American Airlines, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission  Mabrie Jackson, and Mayor of Leduc County John Whaley. Photo courtesy: Edmonton Airports.
The newest non-stop flight from the Edmonton International Airport to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport took off on April 2nd.

"This new, non-stop route is a major asset for travellers doing business in Dallas/Fort Worth, and it links us to American Airlines' largest hub, with great access to Central and South America," said Edmonton Airports President and CEO Tom Ruth in an interview with Global News Edmonton. "Through American, Edmonton will now have access to the oneworld alliance global network of almost a thousand destinations in more than 150 countries."

The new daily service operated by American Airlines is the third major international non-stop destination available at EIA after New York and Iceland, and offers Edmontonians a connection to South America and the Middle East.

Edmonton's business community believes the service will benefit the economy, according to Global News.

"This is great news for Edmonton," said Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Brad Ferguson. "The expanded air service will open new business and investment opportunities for Edmonton companies, and it also reinforces our growing position as a major economic hub. The American Airlines investment is a significant one, and we welcome the oneworld alliance to our community."
Region Making the Most Out of the Gander International Airport
The Gander International Airport Authority announced this month it is looking at upgrading its current facility, ushering in a new era in Gander's long history in aviation.

"Most airports these days regard their terminals as a revenue generator. This one costs us $1.2 million per year just to keep it open," said GIAA chair Fred Moffitt at the organization's annual public meeting on April 16th, as reported in the Gander Beacon. "For example, last year, our oil bill was over $400,000 and the light bill was another $400,000. With ever increasing utility costs, this cannot be allowed to continue if the airport is to remain viable."

The airport authority commissioned architectural and construction advice for a possible solution. The airport authority considered renovating the current terminal, but consultants advised that would not offer much savings since one of the major issues is the physical size of the terminal. The result is building a new terminal, which has the support
of the board of directors, and more appropriate for the airport's needs.

"The consultants now will look at the location of the terminal, the space requirements of our tenants, and the projected traffic levels going forward, and to come up with a suitable plan," said GIAA President and CEO Gary Vey in an interview with the Gander Beacon.

A report by the consultants is likely to be made available to the GIAA in September. At that point, the airport authority will look at funding options for design and construction.

GIAA to House Province's Water bombers

Also in April the provincial government announced a multi-million dollar investment at the Gander airport.

Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Transportation and Works Nick McGrath announced the construction of a new 8,000 square metre facility that will house the provinces Air Services water bomber fleet. The facility will store the complete fleet during non-forest fire season and provide administration space for air services employees. According to Minister McGrath, the project is estimated to cost about $25-30 million and will be completed in 2016.

"This strategic investment will support a modern fleet of water bombers in Gander, and provide economic benefits for local business in the short-term and support continued employment well into the future," said Mr. McGrath in an interview with the Gander Beacon.

"Anytime anyone invests in our airport it's great news," said Mr. Vey. "For us, it will generate revenue through lease and rentals, and it will lead to employment in the community and economic stimulation in the region."
Montreal-Trudeau Boosts Number of Jobs by Expanding Shopping Outlets and Restaurants
A�roports de Montr�al announced details of an expansion to the commercial options available at the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport during an opening ceremony on April 3rd.

The expansion will feature five new stores and six restaurants, bringing the total to 95 available at the airport. New shops include clothing store Tristan, La Source electronics specialist and local products outlet Les d�lices d'�rable. Sushi Shop, Vino Volo, Jugo Juice and Vasco da Gama are among the new food offering available. It is expected that the expansion will create some 200 jobs at the airport.

Additionally, ADM announced travellers can move freely and seamlessly from the domestic to the international jetty.

"This is a first in Canada," said A�roports de Montr�al President and CEO James Cherry in an interview with the Montreal Gazette. "Transport Canada approved it after very carefully studying it, and it's been in effect since (Tuesday) April 1."

The two areas were formerly strictly segregated for security reasons. The only restriction is that domestic passengers cannot shop at the duty-free shop. According to Mr. Cherry, the relaxed provision will be good for business, providing more travellers with greater access to retailers and services.

The expansion project for the international jetty began in 2011 and runs until 2016.
Halifax Airport Gives Boost to Province's Entrepreneurs; Talks About The Stanfield Way in China
A new program at The Halifax Stanfield International Airport will give local entrepreneurs a chance to impress travellers passing through the airport. The airport authority partnered with the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, based in Halifax, on the pilot program which kicked off on March 31st and is scheduled to run for a year.

Participants will set up kiosks in the domestic arrivals area on a rotating schedule for about two weeks each. The Canadian Press reported the lineup that includes a baby products company, a chocolatier, a cheesecake maker, a wine tour company, a photography outfit and a board game business.

"The theme is hand-crafted in Nova Scotia," said the Halifax International Airport Authority's director of corporate marketing and business development Jo-Anne McLean. "Our goal is to highlight entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia and
the fact that we believe strongly in the up-and-coming businesses and would like to showcase them."

The Stanfield Way

The Halifax airport is also spreading some East Coast hospitality to airports in the Far East. Airports in China are eager to learn about Halifax Stanfield International Airport's approach to developing an airport-wide culture of superior service.

Peter Spurway, Halifax International Airport Authority's vice president of corporate communications and airport experience, has been invited to speak at the fifth annual China Air Summit in Shanghai during the week of April 14th.

"There is growth underway in air travel in both China and India, and there is a huge requirement to learn how to manage airports in both countries," said Mr. Spurway in an interview with the Chronicle Herald. "A challenge for airports on the customer-service side is the many different people from different organizations, all totally unrelated, that deal with the air traveller."

The Stanfield Way brings together everyone from across the airport community and focuses them on the needs of airport passengers and visitors. It addresses an issue common to every airport in the world - that there are many organizations, from airlines to restaurants and retail outlets all serving the same person. The Stanfield Way brings all those people together to help.

"Our overall objective through The Stanfield Way is to have every person working here at the airport, regardless of their role, proactively reaching out to passengers and visitors and offering assistance. This can be as simple as providing directions to check-in, ground transportation or the new ALT Hotel," said Mr. Spurway. "We know that our passengers and visitors have a lot on their minds when they come here and we want to make their airport stay as pleasant and easy as possible."

In the past two years, nearly 500 airport staff members have graduated from the program, which has been endorsed by Saint Mary's University's Professional and Executive Development Department.

HIAA is developing an online version of The Stanfield Way workshop so that other airports around the world can access it.
Prince George Airport Authority's
Energy Rebate to Help Fund Wildlife Research
UNBC wildlife research student Matt Scheideman with one of the cameras used by the Prince George Airport Authority to track wildlife activity on its grounds. Photo courtesy: Prince George
Airport Authority
The Prince George Airport Authority earned a substantial rebate from FortisBC, an electric power and gas distribution/retail company in B.C., for becoming more energy efficient. The airport authority removed six atmospheric boilers and replaced them with new energy efficient boilers, which will bring about significant cost savings in its gas consumption.

A cheque for $33,452 was presented to PGAA operations manager Jamie Smith on April 21st, representing the approximate savings on energy costs.
FortisBC's director of energy efficiency and conservation Sarah Smith (left) presents YXS operations manager Jamie Smith (centre) with the cheque at the airport.
The airport authority plans to spend some of the money on additional wildlife research at the airport. One of the beneficiaries will be the University of Northern British Columbia wildlife and fisheries program. Since 2009, UNBC researchers have been deploying "camera traps" to track the activities of animals with an eye to improving systems to keep wildlife off airport grounds.

"The airport enhanced their perimeter fencing - they made it stronger and impermeable to large animals," said UNBC wildlife research student Matt Scheideman in an interview with the Prince George Citizen. "We also added a one-way gate that allowed animals to go out of the airport but they could not enter through it."
Cameras snap a series of three pictures once they sense wildlife present.

The upgrades, introduced in 2011, have been effective in keeping deer and moose out of harm's way. Five of the camera traps are in place around the airport and will continue to be monitored.

CKPG TV produced
a video clip with footage of the wildlife program in action.
The Sunshine Foundation's DreamLift 2014 Takes Off from Hamilton International Airport
Over 80 children wait to board their flight from Hamilton to Walt Disney World in Orlando! Photo courtesy: John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
It was a busy and exciting morning on April 22nd at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport as The Sunshine Foundation's 57th DreamLift departed from Hamilton with over 80 Sunshine Kids in tow!

What is the DreamLift?

The DreamLift provides children who live with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses the chance to travel together with Sunshine volunteers to spend an entire day in the 'most magical place on earth' - Walt Disney World! The trip, apart from being such a fun and exciting day, allows the children a chance to exert their independence and feel confident about their own unique abilities.

It was a full day for the Sunshine Kids, departing Hamilton at 6:30 a.m. and returning the same day around midnight, but there was an amazing energy in the terminal building which was packed with parents, friends
and volunteers from Sunshine and Hamilton International.
Passenger Traffic Surges, Air Freight Maintains Momentum in February
Airports Council International reported global passenger traffic increased by over 4% for the month of February, with much of the growth stemming from international travel, which grew by 5%.

Domestic markets were more subdued as domestic passenger traffic grew by 3.5%. The world's largest domestic market, North America, remained almost flat with respect to year-over-year growth for February (0.3%) and over a 12-month period (0.7%).

The Middle East continues to maintain high increases in international passenger traffic, achieving robust growth of 8.6% year over year. Dubai, which is poised to become the busiest airport for international passenger traffic in 2014, experienced growth of over 11% in international traffic for the month of February.

Latin America-Caribbean, on the other hand, which is also home to some of the world's major high-growth domestic markets, saw domestic traffic rise by 12%. Brazil, which boasts a population approaching the 200 million mark, saw one of its busiest airports rise by over 16% in domestic passenger traffic in February.

Following three sluggish years in freight traffic growth, global air freight markets resurged in the last quarter of 2013 and into 2014. Growth in air freight volumes have stayed in positive territory for the fifth month in a row, posting an overall gain of 2.6% for the month of February.

The Asia-Pacific region grew only modestly with respect to international freight at 1.4% year over year. This is consistent with the overall slowdown in the Chinese economy. While Hong Kong contracted by 1% in international freight volumes in February, the airport has seen international volumes rise by 2.2% over a twelve-month period. Shanghai has also experienced modest growth at 1.4% over the same period.

With a more favourable outlook in economic growth and global trade, European air freight markets appear to have resurfaced once again, posting an overall gain of 3.9% in total freight traffic. Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt each posted gains of 8.7%, 4.9% and 3.4% respectively.

ACI-World's monthly reports can be viewed here.
Gander International Airport Chief Executive Announces Retirement
Gander International Airport Authority President and CEO Gary Vey announced he 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.

"The airport's successes over the last number of years are not mine personally. Our success is a result of our hard-working staff, board of directors, management group, tenants and community partners," said Mr. Vey. "Collectively, we have worked to construct a sturdy platform for the airport's long term sustainability."

"I want to extend my gratitude to all of these people. It has been a real privilege to manage Gander International Airport on behalf of the region," said Mr. Vey

"It is largely due to Mr. Vey's efforts and the support of a strong management team, that the airport is still functioning, with, I might add, money in the bank. We thank Gary and he will be missed," said GIAA chair Fred Moffitt.

The airport authority will announce its new president and CEO in June.
Industry News
TSA's PreCheck expedited screening program expands to Air Canada - Calgary Herald (April 29, 2014)

Canadian North plans new pilot training centre at Edmonton International Airport - Edmonton Journal (April 29, 2014)

St. John's airport to double in size in $243M upgrade - CBC News
(April 29, 2014)

Growth at Regina International Airport begs terminal expansion - Leader-Post (April 25, 2014)

Comox Valley Airport celebrates milestone - Comox Valley Record
(April 21, 2014)

Calgary's new airport runway set to open in June - CBC News
(April 18, 2014)

Kelowna airport's passenger numbers are soaring -
Kelowna Capital news (April 7, 2014)

So many choices for little old Prince George - Prince George Citizen (April 3, 2014)

Making the most of a regional airport asset - NL News Now
(April 2, 2014)

Airport investment key to ensuring B.C.'s economic growth achieves liftoff - Business in Vancouver (April 1, 2014)
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In This Issue
Why Canada's Aviation Sector Underpins Canadian Trade
Celebrating Earth Week: Canadian Airports Doing Their Part for the Environment
Non-stop Service from Edmonton to Dallas Takes Flight
Region Making the Most Out of the Gander International Airport
Montreal-Trudeau Boosts Number of Jobs by Expanding Shopping Outlets, Restaurants
Halifax Airport Gives Boost to Province's Entrepreneurs; Talks About The Stanfield Way in China
Prince George Airport Authority's Energy Rebate to Help Fund Wildlife Research
The Sunshine Foundation's DreamLift 2014 Takes Off from Hamilton International Airport
Passenger Traffic Surges, Air Freight Maintains Momentum in February
Gander International Airport Chief Executive Announces Retirement
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