OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) today
applauded the government's decision to "stay the course" for the Canadian Air
Transport Security Authority (CATSA), largely adopting recommendations made by
"Canada's airports endorse Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon's first
round of decisions for the future of CATSA in its important role for air
travel security in Canada," said CAC President and CEO Jim Facette. "We look
forward to working with the government as it tackles the next round of
decisions that have to be made about CATSA's future.
The CAC felt that CATSA's focus needed to continue to be on aviation
security for the security of all Canadians and said so in a position paper
filed with the panel reviewing CATSA's future during 2006 - most notably:
- Responsibility for CATSA should remain with the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities
- CATSA should remain a crown corporation
- CATSA's focus should continue to be on passenger screening, hold
baggage screening and non-passenger screening
The CAC's position paper also called for a review of CATSA's
accountability and funding, including the establishment of national
performance standards for CATSA, and site-specific metrics against which the
authority's performance can be measured.
"Canada's airports believe that aviation security is a matter of national
security, and should be paid for out of general tax revenues," said Mr.
Facette. "Failing that, while CATSA currently gets its funding from the
federal government out of money collected by passengers from the Air
Travellers' Security Charge, there should at least be a mechanism to gauge the
authority's effectiveness in how it spends this money on an airport-by-airport
basis. This would ensure, in a transparent way, that all ATSC funds collected
from airline passengers are re-invested in aviation security."
About the Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 44 members represent more than 150 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 well in excess of $30 billion in economic
activity in the communities they serve. And more than 150,000 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,