Canadian Airports Council Newsletter - February 2016
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CAC Seeking Director of Public Affairs 

story1Pre-budget Submission
Canada's Airports Seek Resources for Small Airport Infrastructure, CATSA Screening
Daniel-Robert Gooch
A Message from the President
The Government of Canada has recently received the final report from the Canada Transpor tation 
Act Review Panel - a comprehensive review that included an examination of key policy approaches around aviation. But while we look forward to working with Transport Minister Garneau on longer term policy reforms as a result of this work over much of 2016 (and beyond),there are two areas of urgent concern that we respectfully have asked the Government of Canada to consider as part of the 2016 budget cycle: Aviation security screening and infrastructure funding for small airports.
CATSA Funding - The CAC is seeking sufficient money in the next federal budget to ensure that CATSA is abl e to provide an internationally competitive level of service at screening this summer while airports, airlines and government work on the establishment of service level standards for screening at the eight highest volume airports.   On this request, in addition to the minister's staff, meetings were held with senior departmental officials, as well as officials with the Department of Finance and Treasury Board.
Small Airport Infrastructure Funding - The CAC is seeking a change to the criteria for federal funding programs that currently bar six small National Airports System Airports from participating in federal funding programs.  Funding is being sought for projects THIS summer at the affected airports:  Prince George (British Columbia), London (Ontario), as well as the Atlantic Canada airports of Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Fredericton (New Brunswick), Saint John (New Brunswick) and Gander (Newfoundland and Labrador).
Daniel-Robert Gooch  
A copy of the submission is available HERE

A New Look for The Airport Voice story2

With a new government setting its priorities and plans, it seemed the ideal time to revamp the Airport Voice, one of the most important tools the CAC uses to reach out to and beyond the airport community.
This is the first iteration of our new look -- we will be evolving and improving it in the months to come. Our aim is a punchy, readable digest of industry news that demonstrates the direct connection between thriving airports and Canada's economic well-being.

Please send us your own stories for inclusion to a broad range of individuals including all of our new MPs.

For more information on the Airport Voice, and to share your news and ideas for further improvement,  contact Debra Ward, ; 613 274 0619.

The Canadian Airports seeks a Director of Public Affairs.  Reporting to the CAC president, the candidate will provide public affairs  and communications support to Canada's national airports association.   

The successful candidate will bring political experience and insight to management of day to day public affairs activities for the CAC.  This includes monitoring developments on Parliament Hill and in the media to inform association activities and conducting research to support these activities.   He or she also will be responsible for the development of materials for member and public consumption, including presentations, media releases, articles, etc.

Nominations Now Open for ACI-NA's Most Prestigious Award
ACI-NA is seeking nominations for the 2016 William E. Downes, Jr. Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding excellence in the field of airport management in the U.S. and Canada. The recipient will be honored during the ACI-NA World Conference & Exhibition on September 27 in Montreal, Canada.
The deadline submission is Friday, April 29th

Non-stop YYC - Beijing Flights to begin in June 2016
The Calgary Airport Authority and Hainan Airlines announced new non-stop scheduled passenger service connecting Calgary International Airport (YYC) with Beijing, China beginning June 30, 2016. 

When fully implemented, the service is expected to create the equivalent of more than 625 full-time jobs and $31 million in wages, and generate $76.24 million in gross domestic product contributions each year.
Edmonton International Airport receives two environmental LEED GOLD certifications
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for the South Terminal Domestic/International/Transborder Expansion and LEED Gold certification for the new Central Tower.
Stantec designed the South Terminal expansion and worked with EIA to achieve one of the airport's core values - sustainability. This is the first LEED Gold certification for an airport terminal in Canada.
Edmonton International Airport is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Region. EIA provides 12,600 jobs and has an economic impact of over $2.2 billion added to the regional economy.

Halifax Stanfield Partners with ReachAbility 
Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) is pleased to partner with the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) to showcase three award winning films throughout the terminal.  ReachAbility is a culture of acceptance dedicated to enriching and empowering individuals and the community through a fair, equitable and inclusive environment.
Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is a major economic generator valued at over $1.3 billion to the provincial economy, annually serves over 3.6 million passengers and processes more than 32,000 metric tonnes of cargo.
Halifax Stanfield Forms Airport Watch Group
Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) now has a group of volunteers assisting to keep the airport safe and secure - the Halifax Airport Watch (HAW).
HAW is made up of aviation enthusiasts who've teamed up with HIAA Security.

Airports' Growth Continues
2015 was a strong year, with many airports reporting growth. World-wide, traffic grew by 6% in October 2015; air freight volumes up marginally by 0.3.
Edmonton International Airport has second-strongest year ever:  Nearly 8 million passengers, new air service and investment.

Fredericton International Airport traffic grows by 10 per cent in 2015.   Almost 350,000 passengers travelled through the Fredericton International Airport in 2015 - more than ever before.
Prince George Sees Record Breaking Passenger Numbers in 2015
Almost half a million passengers - 470,849 -- used Prince George Airport in 2016, an increase of 5.6% over 2104.

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice for Canada's airports. Our 48 members represent more than 100 Canadian airports, including all of the National Airports System (NAS) airports and most passenger service airports in every province and territory.


For more information:
Daniel-Robert Gooch
613-560-9302 x14  
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