Canada's major airlines and airports welcome the European Commission's decision to suspend application of its Emission Trading Scheme

OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The European Commission announced that it intends to suspend enforcement of its Emission Trading Scheme for destinations outside the European Union countries until after the ICAO Assembly in September 2013.  The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) and the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) are very pleased that the European Commission has agreed to give the process at ICAO time to come to a conclusion.

"We believe the European Commission's decision is a step in the right direction and hopefully creates powerful momentum towards an acceptable global solution at ICAO.  NACC will work closely with the Canadian government delegates to ensure Canada plays an instrumental role in this regard", said George Petsikas, President of the NACC.  

"Canada's airports support the contention of our air carrier and international airport colleagues that ICAO is the appropriate international forum for addressing aviation emissions in a global, coordinated manner.  This move by the European Union is a positive development", said Daniel-Robert Gooch, President of the CAC.

The National Airlines Council of Canada is a trade association founded by Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat and Jazz Aviation LP in order to ensure safe, sustainable and competitive air travel.

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice for Canada's airports community and the Canadian unit of Airports Council International-North America. Its 45 members represent more than 200 airports, including all of the National Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in every province and territory.

SOURCE: National Airlines Council of Canada

For further information:

Marc-André O'Rourke
Director
National Airlines Council of Canada
Tel.: 613-231-7223 x103
morourke@airlinecouncil.ca
Website:  www.airlinecouncil.ca

Elias Rassi
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian Airports Council
Tel.:  613-560-9302 x15
elias.rassi@cacairports.ca
Website:  www.cacairports.ca