Proposed per-passenger charge would add to a host
of U.S. and Canadian fees already on passenger tickets
OTTAWA, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The Canadian Airports Council today expressed
concern over the prospect of an additional U.S. government fee being
imposed on passengers flying by air between Canada and the U.S.
"There already is a significant tax burden on air travellers flying
between Canada and the U.S., which negatively impacts the ability of
Canadian airports and the Canadian aviation sector to compete fairly,"
said CAC Chairman and Interim President Bill Restall. "We share the
concern of our tourism partners that an additional fee would further
drive Canadian travellers to take to their cars and fly out of U.S.
The CAC was responding to a proposed "passenger inspection fee" of $5.50
per passenger outlined in the draft 2012 U.S. federal budget that has
been sent to Congress. The new fee, which would be in addition to about
$45 roundtrip in U.S. government fees already charged on trans-border
plane tickets and a host of Canadian charges on air travel, would add
to a passenger ticket tax burden among the highest in the world.
News of the proposed fee comes as increased focus is being given to
Canadian air travellers flying out of U.S. airports due to lower
costs. A travel intentions survey released by the Hotel Association of
Canada (HAC) this week revealed that 21 per cent of Canadian leisure
travellers said they travelled by car to a U.S. airport in 2010 to take
a trip using less expensive airline tickets for U.S. or foreign travel
- up from 18 per cent in 2009. An additional 11 per cent of travellers
said they had not done so in the past, but that they might do so this
The CAC is a member of the National Travel and Tourism Coalition, which
is also comprised of HAC, the National Airlines Council of Canada, the
Tourism Industry Association of Canada and the International Air
Transport Association of Canada.
About the Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 47 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. Together, CAC members handle
virtually all of the nation's air cargo and international passenger
traffic and 95% of domestic passenger traffic. They create in excess of
$45 billion in economic activity in the communities they serve. And
more than 200,000 jobs are directly associated with CAC member
airports, generating a payroll of more than $8 billion annually.
SOURCE CANADIAN AIRPORTS COUNCIL
For further information:
Director of Communications and Policy
Canadian Airports Council
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