Canada's four largest airlines launch new council

    OTTAWA, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Air LP and
WestJet have come together to create the National Airlines Council of Canada
("NACC"), a new air carrier trade association focused on promoting public
policy and legislation favourable to the global success of the Canadian
commercial airline industry and to the health of the Canadian economy.
Passenger aviation has evolved in recent decades from a luxury item into an
everyday necessity for thousands of Canadians travelling for business and
personal reasons. This travel directly contributes almost $5.5 billion in GDP
(2005) to the Canadian economy, as well as delivering many spin-off benefits.
    Canada depends on its national airline industry to keep pace with this
modern reality. However, Canadian passengers and airlines are being forced to
bear a burden of regulations, fees and taxes unlike those levied in any other
transportation sector. The NACC is committed to securing the regulatory
changes essential to ensuring that safe, sustainable and competitive air
travel is available to Canadians today and in the future.
    The NACC (in French, Conseil national des lignes aériennes du Canada, or
CNLA) was officially launched on January 21, 2009.
    "On behalf of the NACC Board of Directors, we are pleased to have a
Council that will directly represent our point of view on the very specific
challenges we face today as passenger air carriers," said the Board's first
Chair, Sean Durfy, President and CEO of WestJet.

        NACC's Mission Statement:

        The mission of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) is to
        ensure that safe, sustainable and competitive air travel is available
        to Canadian consumers. The NACC was founded by Canada's largest
        commercial airlines to help develop the legislative, policy and
        regulatory framework that is necessary to foster the world-class air
        transportation system that is essential to our country's prosperity.

    Backgrounder: Available on the NACC Website -

For further information:

For further information: Brigitte Hébert, Director, National Airlines
Council of Canada, (613) 231-7223,,,, (en Français:

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