National Newswatch

Statement on Canada’s Airports and Federal Relief Programs: Without further action, many airports will have to raise rates and charges

May 22 2020 — Daniel-Robert Gooch — Canada’s airports appreciate the swift efforts taken to control the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the economic impact of lock-downs on the Canadian economy.  However, without direct action by the federal government on sector-specific challenges, many airports will have to raise rates and charges to users in order to repay debt and interest incurred to […]

For Canada’s Growing Airports, Urban Connectivity

Sep 5 2018 — Daniel-Robert Gooch — In 2009, the Canada Line train opened between Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver. For travellers going downtown that day, the experience became much better.  Common elsewhere, rail to the airport was a new idea for Canada. Environmentally-sustainable, seamless and efficient connections to airports are an obvious idea and for Canada’s airports today, improved ground […]

Green Airports

Jun 5 2018 — Daniel-Robert Gooch — Nearly all new construction these days at Canada’s airports are done through an environmental lens. Sustainable development is incorporated in planning processes in every day activities. For example, the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) recently invested $277 million to revamp its airport to respond to passenger growth, as well as to find ways […]

Behind the numbers: why airports matter

Apr 16 2018 — Daniel-Robert Gooch — Canada’s airports have been one of this country’s great economic and policy success stories.  Before 1990, airports were a blot of red-ink on the federal balance sheet, costing Canadian taxpayers $135 million a year (a quarter of a billion dollars in today’s currency). Today, not only have airports contributed more than $5.6 billion in rent […]