Airline Group Urges Ottawa To Not Privatize Airports

Originally published: November 1, 2017

The body that represents the world's airlines is adding its voice to the chorus urging the federal government to keep Canada's major airports in public hands and not privatize them.

"We haven't found anywhere a system of privatized airports that works well from an airline point of view," Alexandre de Juniac, director-general and chief executive officer of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday.

Mr. de Juniac made his comments in an interview in Toronto as the organization issued a report urging governments to make sure airports operate cost-effectively.

"Usually, the privatization processes are not triggered by any aviation interests, they are driven by budgetary constraints [although] that's not specific to Canada," he said.

The IATA report said 16 per cent of airports in Europe were in private hands last year, compared with 9 per cent in 2010.

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