Ottawa Airport Authority to reduce terminal fees

    OTTAWA, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ottawa International Airport Authority
announced that effective July 1, 2008, it will reduce its general terminal
fees by 5%.
    The Ottawa Airport Authority recognizes that this is an industry in
crisis, given the skyrocketing cost of fuel and the weakened economies in
Canada and the U.S. As such, the Airport Authority is taking swift and
decisive action to help strengthen the industry, in addition to looking at
ways to further reduce rates and charges.
    "This is not just an airline crisis, but one that impacts the entire
industry and ultimately our communities" said Paul Benoit, President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. "We recognize
the importance of doing our part and will be looking at ways to further reduce
our fees over the next several months." "Air Canada salutes the Ottawa
International Airport Authority and its President and CEO, Paul Benoit, for
demonstrating leadership and foresight by voluntarily reducing its fees," said
Duncan Dee, Executive Vice President Customer Experience and Chief
Administrative Officer at Air Canada. "The Ottawa Airport Authority is setting
a tremendous example by swiftly responding in a meaningful way that will help
our industry meet the common challenges posed by the unprecedented rise in
fuel prices. Hopefully, today's very welcome announcement will lead other
industry participants, including the federal and provincial governments, to
recognize the severity of the situation facing our industry and emulate the
Authority's decisive action through similar measures. On behalf of Air Canada,
I thank the Ottawa International Airport Authority for taking this important
    "We thank the Ottawa Airport Authority for this reduction in fees," said
Ken McKenzie, Executive Vice-President, Operations for WestJet. "With record
fuel prices now having a significant impact on airlines around the world, the
Ottawa Airport Authority has clearly taken a leadership position in
recognizing a need to drive costs out of the system in light of record fuel
prices. This fee reduction is timely news from Ottawa as other airport
authorities set their 2009 rates in the coming weeks. We encourage these
airports to follow Ottawa to do their part to ensure that air travel remains
affordable for all Canadians."

    OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies
under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA's
mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in
support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region.

For further information:

For further information: Krista Kealey, Vice President, Communications &
Public Affairs, Ottawa International Airport Authority, (613) 248-2050,,

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