Media advisory - Reminder - One-person-one-fare applications: decision of the Canadian Transportation Agency



    OTTAWA, Jan. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the news media are advised that
at approximately 4 p.m. EST today, Thursday, January 10, 2008, the Canadian
Transportation Agency will release its decision on applications for a
"one-person-one-fare" policy for domestic air fares.

    Media representatives are invited to attend a lock-up in Room 1960, 15
    Eddy St., Terrasses de la Chaudière, Gatineau, QC, from 3 p.m. until the
    Decision is released. Entry is restricted to journalists with valid media
    credentials or a letter of assignment.

    The Decision, Executive Summary and related communications materials will
    be under embargo until release.

    Please note that participants will be forbidden from using laptop
    computers, cell phones, BlackBerries, personal digital assistants,
    cameras and other electronic communication or recording devices in the
    lock-up room. Journalists will be required to sign an undertaking to
    respect the lock-up arrangements.

    An Agency spokesperson will be available for general questions in the
    lock-up room between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. On-camera, radio and print
    interviews will only take place after the lock-up ends around 4 p.m.

    To facilitate entry to the Agency, media representatives are asked to
    provide their names in advance to Marc Comeau at (819) 953-9961.

    The Decision and related information will be posted at approximately
4 p.m. EST on the Agency's Web site (www.cta.gc.ca) and copies distributed via
Canada NewsWire.

    
                                 Background
    

    The applicants in the case are Joanne Neubauer, the Estate of the late
Eric Norman and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Respondents are
Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, WestJet and the Gander International Airport
Authority.

    The Agency's Decision will address a long-standing issue for those
persons with severe disabilities who must pay additional fares and charges for
their domestic air travel when they require additional seating to accommodate
their disabilities, whether for themselves or for their attendants.

    The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent Government of Canada
quasi-judicial tribunal which operates like a court. Its mandate includes the
responsibility to eliminate undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with
disabilities within the federal transportation network. Its mission is to
administer transportation legislation, regulations and Government of Canada
policies to help achieve an efficient and accessible transportation network.




For further information:

For further information: Marc Comeau, Senior Communications Adviser,
(819) 953-9961; The Canadian Transportation Agency is online at www.cta.gc.ca;
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