WINNIPEG, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister
of State (Transport) and MP for Charleswood—St. James—Assinniboia,
today addressed key decision makers from Western Canada's aviation
industry during the Western Canadian Aviation Forum hosted by the
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport on May 2-3,
Building on the forum's theme of Maximum Velocity - Unleashing the Power of Aviation, Minister Fletcher highlighted the growth and success of Western
Canada's air industry and acknowledged the importance of a strong and
competitive aviation sector to Canada's economy. Canada's aviation
sector accounts for approximately 100,000 jobs and $6 billion in
economic activity, and feeds a tourism sector that generates some $18
billion in annual spending in Canada.
"Our government is committed to helping our air industry achieve growth
by working with airlines, airports and the tourism industry, while
addressing the challenges they face," said Minister Fletcher. "Under
Canada's Blue Sky policy, we are aggressively pursuing the
international air market and have negotiated new or expanded air
transport agreements covering over 70 countries."
"Canada's aviation sector is a leader worldwide," added Minister
Fletcher. "We have one of the safest air transportation systems in the
world and we are the natural home of the UN's International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO)." Montreal has been hosting ICAO since
1947 and Canada is committed to signing a new 20-year agreement with
ICAO to maintain the stability of its headquarters.
The Minister also recognized Western Canadian airports' world-class
services, noting Victoria International Airport and Winnipeg International Airport as 2012 winners of Airports Council International's Airport Service
Quality Awards. He also noted that Vancouver International Airport was named best airport in North America for the third year in a row as
part of the 2012 Skytrax World Airport Awards. "Our air services are
growing," Minister Fletcher added. "From 2002 to 2011, traffic at
Canadian airports went from 78 million passengers to 112 million and
international passenger traffic is driving much of this growth."
The two-day Western Canadian Aviation Forum is an important initiative that brings together stakeholders to discuss
ways of ensuring that the aviation sector in Canada lives up to its
potential as a facilitator of economic growth and prosperity. For more
information about the forum, please follow this link.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Transport)
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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