The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has announced that it is to “enhance Toronto Pearson’s competitive position” by reducing or freezing its fees in 2011.
Significantly, the Airport Improvement Fee for passengers connecting through Toronto Pearson will decrease from C$8 to C$4, effective January 1, 2011.
The gateway is also lowering landing fees for all-cargo aircraft by 4.3% and reducing its terminal charges and landing fees for passenger airlines by 8.1% and 4.5% respectively.
Lloyd McCoomb, GTAA’s president and CEO, says: “Toronto Pearson employees have worked hard to make these reductions possible. By streamlining processes and focusing our efforts on increasing service and revenue, we are able to work with the airlines and make Toronto Pearson even more attractive to airlines and passengers.
“We are working to increase the number of people who connect through the airport, and these changes are intended to encourage more growth. Thank you to our employees and airline partners for working together to make these changes possible.”
WestJetʹs executive vice president, strategy and planning, Hugh Dunleavy, praised the announcement.
“The GTAA has one again demonstrated its continued desire to be among the leaders in Canadian airports in reshaping the way in which they recover costs from their airline partners,” enthuses Dunleavy.
A total of 30.4 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson last year.