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ATAC MEMBERSHIP CHANGES

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ATAC Membership Changes
ATAC was informed yesterday by Air Canada, WestJet, Jazz Air LLP and Air Transat that they are no longer members of ATAC, effective immediately.


April 22, 2008
By Sam Barone

On April 21, 2008, ATAC was informed by Air Canada, WestJet, Jazz Air LLP and Air Transat that they are no longer members of ATAC, effective immediately.
 
ATAC will continue to serve its membership ‘business-as-usual’ through this transition period, as it works to develop a revised business plan for Board approval.
 
The departing members represent just under half of ATAC's membership revenues.  The ATAC budget remains unaffected for the current fiscal year.
 
"Today's announcement is an unfortunate development for the Association but does not change our commitment to our members to improve Canada's commercial aviation sector", said Mike Doiron, Chairman of ATAC's Board of Directors.
 
"ATAC is proud of its 75 year history of leadership and innovation for Canada's air carriers and members can continue to count on us to serve their interests and needs in Ottawa", said ATAC President and CEO, Sam Barone.  "We look forward to charting an exciting new course for our members that reflects a new vision and new opportunities for a rejuvenated ATAC for the benefit of the majority of Canada's carriers", he concluded.
 
ATAC will be communicating individually with its members over the next few days with further information and to solicit input and advice on various options following a meeting of its Board of Directors to be held at the earliest possible opportunity.


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