CAC Commends Border Service Investment for Atlantic Canada



    Additional hours will allow airports the ability to take advantage of
    international opportunities for trade and tourism

    MONCTON, July 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council today
commended the government for expanded border service hours at three Atlantic
Canada airports, an important step that will allow for expanded international
air service.
    "The adequate provision of border services is essential for communities
like Charlottetown, Fredericton and Moncton to take advantage of the demand
for international air service to the communities, and the trade and tourism
opportunities that result," said CAC President and CEO Jim Facette. "Today's
announcement is an important step in the Canada Border Services Agency
demonstrating it understands the economic importance of border services to
Canadian competitiveness."
    The CAC has worked with Canada Border Services Agency and the Minister of
Public Safety for several years to develop a new approach for the 21st century
to the provision of core border services at Canadian airports. The
association, whose 49 members represent about 95% of the commercial air
traffic in Canada, continues to work with the CBSA through a new joint
taskforce charged with exploring efficiencies that can help CBSA meet the
increased demand for border services throughout the country.
    The CAC recently called for more border resources in a presentation
before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and
Technology on the subject of Canadian tourism competitiveness. According to
the minister, today's extension means that the top 20 airports in Canada will
all receive a minimum of 16 hours of publicly funded passenger clearance
services.
    "Long line-ups to border services in airport arrivals halls leave a
terribly poor impression with tourists to Canada," said Mr. Facette. "It is
essential that Canada Border Services Agency have the resources it needs to
adequately staff the needs of Canada's airports - large and small."

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 49 members represent more than 180 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.




For further information:

For further information: Daniel-Robert Gooch, Director of
Communications, Canadian Airports Council, (613) 560-9302 ext 16,
daniel.gooch@cacairports.ca


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