As I take on the role of chair of the Canadian Airports Council, Canada’s airports celebrate 26 years of devolution to local management and operation for National Airports System (NAS) airports and several recent years of tremendous growth for our sector.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) broke ground on a number of capital construction projects to improve its competitive position as a world-class connecting hub. The projects are part of YVR's multi-year expansion plans that will see the airport complete 75 major projects, totaling $9.1 billion over the next 20 years. Some of the key projects include building one of the largest GeoExchange systems in Canada, significant terminal expansions, new parking options, and improved vehicle rental facilities.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority has reported its financial and operating results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. Passenger activity and net income increased substantially at 6.2 per cent and 31.2 per cent, respectively, during 2017 as compared to 2016. This growth reflects increased capacity of aircraft and new international routes, the economic strength of the Greater Toronto Region, and the role of Toronto Pearson International Airport as Canada’s largest airport and North America’s second busiest airport in terms of international passengers.
Last fall, the YYC Calgary International Airport launched an industry-leading facility that recycles glycol. The facility transforms used de-icing fluid into a reusable product, providing both environmental and economic benefits.
In November, Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City (YQB) opened a new international terminal that will double the size of the infrastructure in the hopes of attracting more flights. But that could be a challenge, since the airport still doesn’t offer public transport to the city and a lot of local residents prefer to fly out of Montreal.
In my short time working here on Wings, I've quickly become amazed at the complexity and sophistication of the aviation business. It's certainly not something an outsider like me can just jump into and offer anything substantive. The acronyms...my goodness, the acronyms...
When many think of a career in aviation, pilots and flight attendants come to mind, but there are thousands of jobs in the heart of the action at Canada’s airports.
FlyGTA Airlines and the Region of Waterloo International Airport have announced the launch of twice daily service to Toronto City Airport. Flights will operate Monday to Friday aboard an eight-seat twin engine Piper Panther aircraft. Flight time is 18 minutes. One-way airfare between Waterloo Region and Toronto City is $129, including all taxes and fees.
Endless potential. Strategically planning for the future. On the verge of countless possibilities. Pick your phrase, but when it comes to identifying Canadian airports in transition that have a strong blueprint for future growth, it’s hard not to put the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) near the top of the list.
The Trudeau government is all over the map with respect to selling off Canada’s airports and seaports. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Setting a course for less rather than more state intervention in the economy is not a cog that is at home in this government’s wheelhouse.
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