Airport rent continues to disadvantage Canada's Airport

    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) today
expressed disappointment that the Conservative government's second federal
budget has failed to address the issue of airport rent.
    "The rent omission represents a forgotten election campaign questionnaire
pledge from the Conservatives to lower the fee and tax burden on Canada's
aviation sector," said CAC President and CEO Jim Facette. "For a budget that
implements major elements of 'Advantage Canada,' airport rent continues to be
a disadvantage for Canada's airports and the communities they serve."
    In November 2005, the current prime minister while in opposition said,
"When will the Prime Minister show some leadership, stop punishing Toronto and
lower ground fees at Pearson Airport." This budget does nothing to alleviate
the ongoing problem impacting Canada's National Airports System airports. 
Mr. Harper's call was echoed in the fall of 2005 by several Conservatives.
    The CAC acknowledges the positive impact anticipated from the budget's
Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program incentives and increase in the
travellers' 48-hour duty/tax free exemption.  The airport industry also
welcomes a principles-based legislative framework to guide federal regulatory
    The CAC is supportive of this government's ongoing efforts to invest in
an efficient transportation network and hope the new $8.8 billion Building
Canada fund will provide an opportunity for infrastructure projects at
Canada's smaller airports.

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports. 
Its 43 members encompass more than 120 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,

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