March & April News & Updates
Canadian Airport Leaders Gather in Ottawa

Senior executives from more than two dozen airports across the country gathered together in Ottawa on April 5th to meet with parliamentarians and highlight the important role airports play in Canada's economy .
An MP reception was held at the Sir John A Macdonald Building overlooking Parliament Hill after Question Period.
MP Stephen Fuhr (Kelowna - Lake Country) who sponsored the event, read out the following statement in the House of Commons shortly before Question Period:
Mr. Speaker, I wish to welcome to Ottawa the Canadian Airports Council. This council is a voice for Canadian airports across this country. Serving as gateways to the world, airports are economic engines in our communities, generating more than 140,000 direct jobs and $35 billion in economic activity.
From left to right: MP Stephen Fuhr, CAC President Daniel-Robert Gooch and Sam Samaddar, Director of the Kelowna International Airport

In my riding of Kelowna-Lake Country, under the direction of airport manager Sam Samaddar and his team, Kelowna International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Canada, serving 1.7 million passengers last year and creating more than 4,500 jobs and almost $800 million in economic output for the province of British Columbia.

I invite all members of this House to join me today from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sir John A. Macdonald building for a reception recognizing our airports' contributions to the Canadian economy. If members have an airport in their riding, come over to Sir John A Macdonald.
About a dozen MPs and staff attended the reception, despite three sporadic votes that were held in the afternoon after Question Period.


Airports Disappointed Over CATSA Reform Delays

While Canada's airports gathered in Ottawa on April 5th to talk about the important role airports play in regional economies and international trade, and tremendous growth in air travel, a number of them expressed disappointment that important reforms to security screening will take longer than initially expected. Canada's airports are also concerned about long wait times and line-ups this summer. 
Daniel-Robert Gooch 
While Budget 2017 indicates $152 million in "new funding" for security screening of travellers and workers, the CAC has learned this was intended to extend the current approach to funding for another year. In practical terms, however, Budget 2017 means that without further action by government in the coming weeks, resources for screening per passenger will be less than last year, which means another challenging summer for security screening as Canadian airports expect an influx of Canadians and foreign tourists exploring Canada on its 150th birthday this year.

"We need to do better," said Transport Minister Marc 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."

Minister Garneau committed to looking at innovations, new equipment and technology and CATSA governance. He also indicated government would look to hold CATSA more accountable to a service standard and its funding more responsive and sustainable.

The Canadian Airports Council has reinitiated its Pre-Board Screening Working Group, comprised of participants from both airports and air carriers, and is urging the Government of Canada to reconsider its budgetary decision and re-initiate work with industry to finalize the commitments made in November. This includes the establishment of service level standards for screening and sustainable, ongoing funding tied to growth for CATSA.

Canada's airports and major air carriers have submitted to Minister Garneau a service level recommendation that would see 95% of originating passengers at the eight largest airports screened in under 10 minutes, even quicker standards for connecting passengers, and with no passenger waiting more than 20 minutes.

Daniel-Robert Gooch
President, CAC

Did You Know?

The air transport industry contributes over $35 billion to Canada in GDP.

Our airports support over 140,000 direct Canadian jobs.
Canada's Airports Unveil "Harmony in Motion"
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) unveiled a social media campaign on April 5th, called Harmony in Motion, which seeks to demystify the crucial role airports play in the economy and in the lives of Canadians.

The content for the campaign is hosted in an online hub. It contains statistics and factual content on Canada's airports, their significant investments in infrastructure, contribution to the economy, and the commendable efforts by airports to promote the smooth flow of goods, services and people in Canada and around the globe.

An online video brings to life the interconnectivity of Canada's airports and the significant investments that have been made.
Support Growing for Regional Transit Centre at Toronto Pearson
Last week, Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and local mayors from Mississauga, Toronto, Brampton and Kitchener were at Toronto Pearson to support a proposal for a regional transit centre located at Toronto Pearson, serving as a second major mobility hub for the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).

GTAA released new  research showing a growing demand for transit in the West GTHA, a region currently under-served by transit but experiencing rapid growth.

Along with the quantified benefits of reduced congestion and GHG emissions and economic growth, the findings demonstrated strong demand for better transit in the West GTHA.

"This opportunity is about more than just getting people to and from the airport; it is about generating a host of benefits for people living and working in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area," said Howard Eng, president and chief executive officer of the GTAA. "This starts with reduced congestion on the roads around the airport, resulting in more efficient movement of people and goods. The end result would be a more economically competitive region, and one that is better positioned to unlock the significant growth opportunities that the future holds."

Last year, the GTAA announced plans to build a regional transit centre on airport property to support both its growth plans and the region's need for better transit connectivity. The GTAA has indicated it will fund the development and construction of the transit centre at Toronto Pearson. It continues to work with all levels of government to advance plans on priority lines connecting into the regional transit centre.

Toronto Star story

Canadian Airports Named Best in the World

Canada's airports have been rated by passengers to be among the world's best airports in two separate surveys - the Skytrax World Airport Awards and Airport Service Quality Awards. Vancouver, Montreal Trudeau, Toronto Pearson, and Halifax international airports were rated to be in the Skytrax's world's top 100 airports this year.

Credit: Vancouver International Airport

YVR received this top accolade for eight consecutive years.

"This impressive accomplishment is shared with the 23,000 people who work and volunteer at YVR as well as our amazing community, passengers and partners," said Craig Richmond, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Airport Authority. "This is particularly meaningful this year as we saw 22.3 million passengers come through our terminal-two million additional passengers from the year before."

"Our airport community
Credit: Halifax Stanfield International Airport
should be very proud of this accomplishment. Being acknowledged by our passengers is a real honour," says Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority president & chief executive officer. "We believe recognition like this comes as a result of great cooperation and collaboration among everyone in our airport community and these awards validate our unique approach to the customer experience."

The Skytrax awards are voted on by 13.8 million passengers worldwide. The survey evaluates traveller experiences across different airport performance indicators from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration, through to departure at the gate.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport won a number of awards recently. At the ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards ceremony last month, it won the Environmental Achievement Award for Best Noise Mitigation Program. It also received two Airport Service Quality Awards (ASQ), getting first place for best airport by region (over 2 million passengers a year) in North America and tied second place for the best airport by size (2-5 million) in the world. The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport tied for third place in this category. The Saskatoon Airport received first place for being the b est regional airport in North America.

ACI-NA's ASQ is the world-renowned and globally established global benchmarking programme measuring passengers' satisfaction.

Skytrax Website

Airports Council International-North America News Release
City of Ottawa Moves Forward with Stage 2 Light Rail Transit

The City of Ottawa's approval of a Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) program, which includes an airport rail link from South Keys Station on the
Trillium, has the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport pleased.
"The City has demonstrated its commitment to building a world class transit system, and I look forward to continued collaboration with the project team as we get to the finer details of the airport station design and integration with the city's rail system," said Mark Laroche, president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa International Airport Authority.
"This is great news, not only for the airport, but for the greater community," said  Susan St. Amand, the chair of the airport authority's board of directors. " I would like to thank Mayor Watson and Council for acknowledging the importance of efficient, multimodal access to the airport now and in the future as our city continues to grow."

The project will go to market later this winter, which will lead to the final design
and beginning of construction sometime in 2018. The Trillium Line South extension is expected to open in 2021.

Canada's Airports Launch Gerry Bruno Scholarship for Aviation Business Students

A new scholarship program promoting leadership in aviation has been launched by InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. and the Canadian Airports Council (CAC). The Gerry Bruno Scholarship will award $5,000 to an undergraduate and/or graduate student pursuing a career in aviation management, planning, marketing and/or policy.
Gerry Bruno 
"This scholarship program recognizes that a highly specialized education is necessary for someone who plans to pursue a career as an aviation professional," said Deb Meehan, chief executive officer of InterVISTAS, which is sponsoring the scholarship in honor of its founder. "This scholarship has been named after Gerry Bruno, a respected leader in commercial airport management, who has had a long successful career in aviation policy and consulting."
Gerry Bruno, who has worked in the area of aviation for more than 40 years, has been vice president, federal government affairs for the Vancouver Airport Authority since 2013. Prior to this role, he founded and built up InterVISTAS into a global consulting firm, as its chief executive officer from 1997 to 2013. From 1992 to 1997, he was vice president, marketing and strategic planning for the newly created Vancouver Airport Authority where he was at the forefront of the vision to develop the airport into a premier Asia-Pacific Gateway. He also held a number of management positions while working at Transport Canada for 17 years prior to working for the airport authority and InterVISTAS.
"A career in aviation is one of the most rewarding occupations you can have," said Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council. "We are excited about the scholarship program, and the financial help it will provide to someone who has the potential to show leadership and innovation in aviation, like Gerry Bruno has successfully done."
The scholarship will be awarded biennially. This year's winner will be announced at the Airports Canada Conference & Exposition this fall in Toronto. An application can be found , or at
Canada's Airports Applaud Government of Canada's New Safety Rules for Recreational UAV Operators

Canada's airports are pleased with Transport Canada's launch of an Interim Order that will help to address the growing threat Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) pose to commercial aircraft near airports or in restricted airspace.
"Canada's airports welcome the introduction of additional safety rules for UAVs near airports," said Daniel-Robert Gooch, the president of the Canadian Airports Council. "The proliferation of UAV's operating in airspace around airports has been frightening, and we are pleased the Government of Canada has taken concrete steps to keep Canada's airspace safe."  

Canada's airports support the effort to educate distributors, retailers and purchasers of UAVs of the requirements and responsibilities of owning these aircraft systems. Enforcing compliance to the rules, and identifying an owner's contact information on drones are essential for accountability.
"Today's announcement is a positive first step that will help users understand the risk associated with flying UAVs, and learn the rules of responsible use for the safety and security of Canada's airspace," said Steve Maybee, the chair of the CAC's operations safety and technical affairs committee, and vice president of operations at the Edmonton International Airport.
Budget 2017 allocated $76.5 million to support the safe integration of UAVs in Canadian skies. This includes the development of regulations, establishing standards, certifications and pilot projects.
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Austrian Air Travel Tax will be halved in 2018

The Austrian government will be cutting air travel tax in half starting in 2018 to  increase its attractiveness as a business and tourism destination. Additional motives for the tax cut, as confirmed by the Austrian Council of Ministers, included securing the future of Vienna airport as an international aviation hub, creating jobs and increasing economic development.

Local mural to be seen at Canada's Airports

A Canada 150-themed mural created by the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) Urban Aboriginal School students in Sault Ste Marie will be on display on digital billboards at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, Toronto's Pearson International Airport, as well as airports in Charlottetown, Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, Windsor and at least a dozen more airports this summer until the end of the year.The Urban Aboriginal School artists were part of a nationwide group of young artists invited to take part in "150 Reasons We Love Canada," a national art project organized by Toronto's VIBE Arts. The project is funded by Community Foundations of Canada and the Laidlaw Foundation to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

Province of British Columbia Provides Infrastructure Funding to Airports

The B.C. Air Access Program is providing $10 million for airport infrastructure improvement projects this year. This includes the Kelowna International Airport, which is receiving $1 million for apron rehabilitation. The Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, the Pemberton Regional Airport and the Prince George Airport is also receiving funding for apron improvements. The Prince George Airport is also receiving $1,471,500 for an elevator for barrier free terminal access.
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