Airports Commends fund for Tourism, Aviation Security

    Prepared to work with federal government on infrastructure

    OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council, today
commended increased funds for tourism and aviation security, says it is
committed to working with the government on these and other areas that enable
Canada's airports to be competitive in the world.
    "Canada's airports appreciate the large degree of consultation afforded
it by government in preparation of this budget," said CAC President and CEO
Jim Facette. "As a method of stimulating the economy, we believe funding the
shovel-ready infrastructure projects, totalling $1.75 billion, submitted by
Canada's airports is a valuable way to support Canada's competitiveness,
including the competitiveness of the 70$ billion tourism industry we support."
    While not directly approving any specific airport projects, the budget
envisions funds for additional federal infrastructure projects if an agreement
with a province or territory cannot be reached expeditiously. Projects
submitted by Canada's airports ranged from airport runway extensions to water
and sewer projects to safety enhancements.
    The CAC commended the government's commitment to spend more than $500
million on tourism, including the development of a much-needed tourism
strategy. The CAC reiterated its contention that cost competitiveness is an
important element of tourism competitiveness.
    "The development of a national tourism strategy is much needed in this
country, and Canada's airports are glad the government has decided dedicate
resources to the initiative," said Mr. Facette. "As governments around the
world have found, the cost competitiveness of the aviation sector is a vital
part of any successful tourism strategy."
    There also is a much needed increase in security resources for the
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), which will receive $282
million over two years.

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 48 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) 884-1344,

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