Centerlines - December 2008 - (Page 9)

C A N A D I A N A IR P O R T S Post Election Progress? Will the new government continue to neglect aviation? A S I N T H E United States, Canada today is dealing with the centerlines Airports Council International – North America 1775 K Street NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 293-8500 www.aci-na.org ® aftermath of a federal election that took place on Oct. 14, and a new federal government. While aviation issues rarely gain any traction in electoral campaigns, the outcome of every election impacts the future of our industry. During the Canadian election, the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) called on the political parties to make improving aviation competitiveness an important part of their platforms. In the coming months, we will work to see if our call was heard. The new transport minister faces an aviation sector with slowed traffic growth, restricted international opportunities for new air service and domestic and international traffic leakage to the U.S. and other, more competitive hubs. With more than 2.2 million Canadians driving to U.S. airports for their flights, the impact of the federal government’s current policies on Canada’s airports is palatable. Canada’s airports want those travelers back. We also want a bigger share of the 2.5 million Canada/overseas trips that in 2007 went via the U.S. That’s a whopping 21 percent! We also want a greater share of cargo currently being trucked out of Canada to U.S. airports. ACI-NA Staff Greg Principato President Deborah McElroy Executive Vice President, Policy and External Affairs Eileen Denne Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing Thomas Smith Director of Communications Published by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 (800) 369-6220 www.naylor.com Publisher John Kilchenstein Editor Michael Senecal Project Manager Ray Goodwin Marketing Associate Patti Callahan Bookleader Shane Holt THE Canadian government needs to articulate a fresh and clear new vision of the role of aviation in Canada and its place in the national economy. At the CAC, we believe the time for interim measures is over. The Canadian government needs to articulate a fresh and clear new vision of the role of aviation in Canada and its place in the national economy. Perhaps bold, the appointment of a Secretary of State for Aviation, a cabinet position reporting to the Transport Minister dedicated to tackling the tough issues facing Canada’s aviation sector today, would be a good sign. Airport rent should be eliminated. Open Skies should become the starting point for international air talks—air talks at which community interests are finally represented through permanent airport participation. Funding for border services and aviation security should be stabilized and reinforced to deal with traffic levels. Canada’s new government needs to decide if it will tackle these and other challenges head on, or continue an approach that has neglected aviation and treated it as a “cash cow” for government coffers for years. ■ JIM FACETTE PRESIDENT AND CEO CANADIAN AIRPORTS COUNCIL Sales Reps Lou Brandow, Krys D’Antonio, Shaun Greyling, Josh Rothburd, Todd Evans, Chris Vermeulen, Chris Zabel, Jason Zawada Designer Robert Mensies Advertising Art Christina O’Connor Cover photo by Sam McCrimmon. Centerlines is published quarterly by Naylor, LLC, on behalf of the Airports Council International–North America. The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher nor of ACI-NA. © 2008 Airports Council International– North America, which is the exclusive owner of all rights and interest in the published work, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. ACI-NA and its members may reproduce the magazine, and the published work, in whole or in part in any media without prior authorization from Naylor. ® Centerlines is a registered trademark of ACI-NA. Published November 2008/ACI-Q0408/7534 E-mail address changes to Publications@aci-na.org or mail to 1775 K Street, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20006 Email comments to centerlines@aci-na.org. www.aci-na.org | CENTERLINES 9 http://www.aci-na.org http://www.naylor.com http://www.aci-na.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - December 2008

Centerlines - December 2008
Contents
President’s Message
Canadian Airports
Associates’ Corner
Policy Center
On the Hill and On the Stump
Cover Story: Airport Belt Tightening
On Management: Pooling DBE Resources
Revenue Arena: New Revenue Streams
Griesbach Concessions Award Winners
Security: Employee Screening Pilot Tests
New Technology: Wireless Growth
Now Underway
Grand Openings
New Members
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Box Scores

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