November News & Updates
Government of Canada Launches Transportation 2030 Plan
In a well-attended speech before more than 500 people to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Transport Minister Marc Garneau launched a plan containing important policy reforms that will help to improve the competitiveness of Canada's air transport sector.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau
Minister Garneau made a series of commitments to improve security screening, including setting internationally competitive targets that will allow Canada's airports to keep up with hubs in other countries. The minister announced he would look at new equipment and technology, and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority's (CATSA) governance, to ensure it is more accountable to a service standard, as well as make sure its funding is more responsive and sustainable.

Airports welcome this news. Canada's airports have been advocating for improvements to the security screening process for years, and are pleased to see the Government of Canada seems to be serious about improving Canada's competitiveness.

Minister Garneau also announced that foreign ownership limits on Canadian airlines would be increased from 25 per cent to 49 per cent, however, a single foreign investor or combination of foreign investors will be capped at a maximum of 25 per cent. The Minister announced that injunctions will be granted for proposed ultra low carriers such as Canada Jetlines and Enerjet, allowing them to pursue increased investment.
The minister also announced he will introduce an Air Travelers Passenger Rights Regime. The regime w ill establish minimum requirements a passenger will need to be compensated for problems such as denied boarding that are within the air carrier's control, or for lost or damaged baggage.

Did You Know?

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

Our airports support over 140,000 direct Canadian jobs.
CAC Seeking a Manager

The CAC is recruiting a manager who will work closely with staff in the office on committee and communications matters such as the Aircraft Noise Working Group, Canadian Aviation Safety Week, the Canadian Airports National Safety Audit Program and the Airport Link. The individual will also assist with government relations. Those with an interest in this position should send a resume and cover letter to: 

YYC Officially Opens New International Terminal 
YYC check-in hall

YYC Calgary International Airport's new international terminal officially opened for operations on October 31, moving all U.S. and international flight operations to the new terminal facility.

The opening of the new terminal at YYC marks the completion of the largest single infrastructure program in the airport's history. The new 186,000 square metre terminal adds 24 aircraft gates and incorporates numerous technologies and processes designed to streamline the passenger experience at the airport.
YYC Baggage Handling System

These include North America's first call-to-gate passenger boarding system, North America's first full CATSA Plus enhanced passenger screening system, enhanced U.S. and Canadian customs technology, a state of the art Crisbag tote-based baggage system and the YYC LINK, a custom-designed and Canadian-built passenger shuttle service that transports passengers between the domestic and international facilities.   
YYC Shuttle

"We welcome the world to the most advanced airport terminal in Canada," said Garth Atkinson, president and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. "Our new international terminal not only ensures YYC Calgary International Airport remains a major contributor to the economy of western Canada, it  also represents a significant new contribution to Canada's transportation infrastructure overall."

Calgary Herald Feature 
YVR Named Best Airport in the World 

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has received CAPA Centre for Aviation's prestigious Airport of the Year Award. CAPA Centre for Aviation is a provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services.

YVR has been recognized for a range of initiatives that reflect the organization's leadership in innovative business strategies, sustainability and marketing. These initiatives range from terminal improvements that have reduced YVR's greenhouse gas emissions to government relations efforts that opened new markets and a competitive new rates and charges program.  

"We have achieved this milestone thanks to our focus on safety, teamwork, accountability and innovation -- and our community based, not-for-profit governance model, under which we constantly improve the airport for our passengers, our partners and our communities," said YVR CEO and President Craig Richmond.

YVR focuses on delivering remarkable customer experiences, resulting in a 91 per cent customer satisfaction rating for three years in a row.

Over the past year, YVR has welcomed 18 new services, 11 new destinations and two new airlines including Xiamen Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines. The airport welcomed a record 20.3 million passengers in 2015 and expects to surpass 22 million by the end of the year.  

Halifax Airport Appoints New Vice President of Business Development and Chief Commercial Officer   

Bert van der Stege has been appointed HIAA's new vice president of business development and chief commercial officer.
Bert van der Stege 
Mr. van der Stege's most recent role was vice president commercial with First Air, Canada's largest independent regional airline. In his three years at First Air, Mr. van der Stege was instrumental in transforming the organization and achieving a financial turnaround.
Born in the Netherlands, he studied international business at universities in Groningen (NL), Auckland (NZ), Mainz (DE) and London (UK). He began his career with Lufthansa, the largest airline in Germany,
where he worked in various management roles from 2001-2010.
From 2010-13, Mr. van der Stege served as vice president planning and marketing at Arik Air, west Africa's largest airline. He also worked as a commercial director with RwandAir.

YHZ News Release 
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Airport News
Red Deer Airport Announces New CEO

Graham Ingham is the new chief executive officer of the Red Deer Airport. Mr. Ingham was selected after an executive search began to replace former CEO RJ Steenstra who stepped down from the role to take on a position with Fort McMurray Airport Authority. Mr. Ingham has over 25 years of aviation and business management experience. He has held a number of senior management positions including director of flight operations, manager of flight training and company emergency response director. He most recently held a senior product management and sales position with FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, an aviation software company based in Calgary.

HIAA enriches the Nova Scotia Economy

A recent economic impact report shows that the Halifax International Airport Authority and airport tenants have invested $600 million in new capital development and maintenance, generating 10,710 full-time equivalent construction-related jobs and contributing $938 million to the province's economic output since the 2000 transfer of the facility from Transport Canada to HIAA. A n additional $260.5 million is expected to be spent on capital projects by HIAA and tenants from 2016 to 2020. The new report also shows that HIAA contributed $2.7 billion to the province in 2015.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport News Release

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Flies High 

September 2016 was a record month at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, as passenger volume increased 15.5% compared to September 2015. This represents the second largest year-over-year increase and the highest in more than a decade.

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