June 24, 2008

Ottawa Airport Reducing Terminal Fees

Canada's Ottawa International Airport Authority announced Monday, in response to rising fuel prices, it was reducing terminal usage fees by 5 percent.

As crude oil prices rose to more than $136 a barrel, Paul Benoit, president and chief executive officer of the authority, issued a statement saying the airline industry needed help.

This is not just an airline crisis, but one that impacts the entire industry and ultimately our communities, Benoit said. We recognize the importance of doing our part and will be looking at ways to further reduce our fees over the next several months.

Statements were released by Air Canada and WestJet airlines, both praising the move.

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, the Air Canada statement said.

Last week, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority announced cargo landing fees at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport will be cut by 25 percent Jan. 1.