Canada's Aviation Sector Welcomes the Appointment of Lisa Raitt as Minister of Transport

OTTAWA, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) and the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) congratulate Lisa Raitt on her appointment as Minister of Transport.

"We look forward to continuing the positive and constructive relationship we have developed with Transport Canada over the past several years. Given transportation's importance to the Canadian economy, we also welcome the decision to focus Minister Raitt's mandate on transportation. The NACC will work closely with Minister Raitt and her team as we continue our joint efforts to ensure a competitive and sustainable air transportation sector", said George Petsikas, President of the NACC.

"Minister Raitt is a familiar face in the airports community, her having been instrumental in the early build-up of what is now the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport," said CAC President Daniel-Robert Gooch. "We look forward to working with Minister Raitt in her new portfolio as Minister of Transport, which will include ongoing efforts surrounding air transport policy, safety and security."

The NACC and the CAC thank Minister Denis Lebel for his time with the Transport portfolio, a time during which industry and government consultation on the future of Canada's air transport sector was notably advanced.

About the National Airlines Council of Canada

The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) is the trade association representing Canada's largest national and international passenger air carriers:  Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet.   We promote safe, sustainable and competitive air travel through the development of policies, regulations and legislation that foster a world-class transportation system.  Collectively, our member airlines carry over 50 million passengers annually and directly employ 43,000 people and create over 260,000 jobs.

About the Canadian Airports Council

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice for Canada's airports community.  Its 46 members represent more than 120 airports, including all of the privately operated National Airports System (NAS) airports and many municipal airports across Canada. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of the nation's air cargo and international passenger traffic, and 95% of domestic passenger traffic.  In 2012, Canada's air transportation industry had a $34.9 billion economic footprint, supported 405,000 jobs, and federal taxes of more than $7 billion.

SOURCE: National Airlines Council of Canada

For further information:

Marc-André O'Rourke
National Airlines Council of Canada
(613) 231-7223

Elias Rassi
Manager of Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian Airports Council
(613) 560-9302 ext 15


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