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Canada's Airports will be on the Hill on April 17th  

Armed with new data on the economic importance of Canada's airports, more than two dozen airport leaders from across Canada will spend a day on Parliament Hill on April 17th, meeting with parliamentarians and senior officials to
discuss the growth airports are experiencing, and the responsible investments that are being made to improve the flow of travellers across the country and internationally. 
It is an opportunity to maintain strong relationships with elected officials and keep them up-to-date on issues facing the airports in their regions.
The CAC's Airports on the Hill initiative coincides with the launch of its latest economic impact report, which has a release date of April 16th.  

PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is reducing its Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) to $15, down from $20. The AIF will now be among the lowest in Canada and represents the airport's commitment
to delivering a superior customer service experience that includes cost efficiency.
The reduction in AIF comes as the airport is gearing up to introduce significant enhancements, including an upgraded terminal, which include new and larger lounge facilities, increased retail, food and beverage services, as well as an 11th gate. The upgraded terminal will also be fitted with the framework for a  
preclearance facility in anticipation of successful negotiations to bring U.S. Customs Border Protection staff and facilities to the airport.
"Billy Bishop Airport has grown into a world-class airport and a key gateway to and from Toronto," said Geoffrey Wilson, chief executive officer, PortsToronto. "The airport and its passengers have benefitted from a consistent and strong stream of AIF funds that have been reinvested into infrastructure and capital projects such as the pedestrian tunnel and the airfield modernization, a three-year project that will successfully conclude this summer. With these big projects complete, and with passenger numbers continuing strong, PortsToronto is in a position to reduce the fees charged to the consumer and ensure a travel experience that is not only efficient, convenient and service oriented, but also cost effective."    

Canada's Airports are ASQ Awards Winners

Canadian airports continued their tradition of earning top honours at the annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards, which recognize the world's best airports in customer experience.
This year, the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (two million - five million passengers) and the Toronto Pearson International Airport (more than 40 million passengers) won gold as the best airports by size and region in North America. The Ottawa airport's streak continued and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport also got the nod, when both tied for silver for Best North American Airports (over two million passengers), while Halifax Stanfield International Airport scooped up bronze in the same category.
The ASQ Awards Ceremony will be held during the inaugural Airports Council International Customer Excellence Global Summit in Halifax in September hosted by the Halifax International Airport Authority.

Cathie Puckering
John C. Munro Hamilton International names new president and CEO

The Board of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, TradePort International Corporation, announced the appointment of Cathie Puckering as president and chief executive officer, after serving five months as acting president and chief executive officer. Cathie has led Hamilton International through a period of significant growth and made advances with strategic planning, setting a refreshed course for the organization.
"Cathie brings a unique mix of experience, skills and values amassed over nearly 20 years at Hamilton International," said Ron Foxcroft, chair of TradePort International. "Her collaborative leadership style, industry expertise, and established relationships with the community make her a great fit for the role."

Aéroports de Montréal appoints Martin Massé Vice-President, Public Affairs

Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Massé as vice-president, public affairs.
Mr. Massé has worked in Québec, elsewhere in Canada and in Europe. For more than 15 years, he has advised various executives in both the public and private sectors on strategic and complex files in many areas of activity. He has also worked in the Québec and Montréal public sectors, including as special advisor to the office of the Mayor and executive committee of the city of Montréal.

Mr. Massé served as chief of staff to the Québec minister of Transport and minister responsible for the Montréal region, and more recently in the same role for the deputy premier and minister of Economy, Science and Innovation. His responsibilities placed him at the heart of major files, including the reform of public transit governance in the Greater Montréal region.
His broad knowledge of issues facing the transportation industry and of economic development files, as well as matters affecting Montréal will be solid assets that will help ADM pursue its ambitious development plan.

Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport establishes new aviation scholarship at Mount Allison University

The Greater Moncton Romeo LeBlanc International Airport has introduced the Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship in Aviation. The new scholarship offers $9,000 to an international student to attend Mount Allison University and enter the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) program - a unique undergraduate program that pairs a degree with pilot training - offered by the university in partnership with Moncton Flight College.
"On behalf of the airport and Vantage Airport Group we are very excited to launch this scholarship and further invest in our community in recognition of our past chief executive officer, Rob Robichaud," said Bernard LeBlanc, president and chief executive officer of the airport. "Through this scholarship, we are investing in our community and giving a deserving student an opportunity for a Canadian learning experience, while strengthening connections across Vantage's global network."

YSJ taps New Brunswick tech company for its airport security software
The Saint John Airport is the first airport in Canada to adopt EhEye artificially intelligent software technology to enhance airport security.
The software will scan the airport's live closed circuit TV feed and send an alert to airport security personnel of suspicious activity so they can monitor the situation more closely in real-time. It uses artificial intelligence and data analysis to differentiate between normal and anomalous behavior. The technology will help airport security to focus on what needs to be addressed and filter out what doesn't.
"We're proud to support EhEye, a local New Brunswick technology company," said Derrick Stanford, president and chief executive officer of the Saint John Airport. "Airport safety is extremely important to us. This innovative and leading edge technology will alert our security personnel of situations that may need their immediate attention."

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