Centerlines - December 2009 - (Page 7)

CANADIAN AIRPORT S COLUMN Being Careful of What We Wish For I N N O R T H A M E R I C A over the years, there have been numerous centerlines Airports Council International – North America 1775 K Street NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 293-8500 www.aci-na.org ® attempts to legislate common sense when it comes to the way airlines should treat their customers. Our airports sector has been broadly supportive of the goal, as stories of people being trapped aboard aircraft for hours draw public attention and cast a negative light on the airline industry of which airports are an integral part. Indeed, in a recent forum on the topic in Washington, ACI-NA expressed broad support for a “hard deadline” for deplaning airplane passengers delayed on the tarmac. But badly prepared legislation could do more harm than good. This is what Canada is facing. In Canada today, an opposition party’s private members bill currently under consideration in Canada’s main house of parliament is a good example of badly crafted legislation. If implemented, it has the potential to cripple the country’s aviation sector during a storm or other network disruption. Said to be based on European legislation, Bill C-310 goes far beyond European requirements. For example, the legislation would require that aircraft return to the terminal after three hours on the tarmac. In a typical Canadian winter storm, de-icing times can add to ground waits, raising the scenario that aircraft could be ready to finally take-off just in time to hit the tarmac time limit. They would have to return to the terminal and undergo the whole ground cycle all over again. It would be like the movie “Groundhog Day,” only at the airport. Other areas of the proposed legislation require air carriers to update passengers within 10 minutes of getting new information, taking valuable resource time away from airline officials who would otherwise be busy trying to get planes off the ground safely. The penalties for infractions proposed also are so punitive as to be in excess of many actual air fares. ACI-NA Staff Greg Principato President Deborah McElroy Executive Vice President Policy and External Affairs Sheila Owens Vice President, Communications and Marketing Thomas Smith Director, Communications Published by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 (800) 369-6220 www.naylor.com Publisher John Kilchenstein Editor Robin Redfearn Project Manager Ray Goodwin Marketing Holly Straut Bookleader Shane Holt Sales Representatives Lou Brandow, Jeff Bunkin, Shaun Greyling, Erik Henson, Chris Vermeulen, Chris Zabel, Jason Zawada Designer Robert Mensies Advertising Art Julius Muljadi Cover photo courtesy of JFK Terminal 5/JetBlue Airways. 2009 Griesbach winner. 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. © 2009 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 December 2009/ACI-Q0409/8131 IN Canada today, an opposition party’s private members bill currently under consideration in Canada’s main house of parliament is a good example of badly crafted legislation. If implemented, it has the potential to cripple the country’s aviation sector during a storm or other network disruption. Despite good intentions, passage of C-310 would directly add costs to air carriers that would be passed on to consumers. It also would be highly disruptive to Canada’s aviation network. This move would come at a time during which Canada’s air carriers already are suffering from the economic downturn and in an operating environment already facing competitive challenges because of Canada’s fiscal policies toward aviation. Canada’s airports are not necessarily opposed to legislated minimum requirements for passenger care. The idea, if implemented properly, has merit. Unfortunately the House of Commons ability to edit the proposed legislation is limited. As drafted, there simply are too many flaws for C-310 to be salvaged, and it should be defeated. ■ J I M FAC E T T E PR E S I DE N T A N D C E O C A N A DI A N A I R P ORT S C OU NC I L 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 http://www.aci-na.org http://www.naylor.com http://www.aci-na.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - December 2009

Centerlines - December 2009
Table of Contents
President's Message
Canadian Airports
Associates' Corner
Policy Corner
Training Center
On the Hill and On the Stump
Cover Story: Time to Look Ahead
Griesbach Concessions Award Winners
Passenger Focus: Enabling the Disabled
Environment: Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance
Now Underway
New Members
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Box Scores

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