Nav Canada drops fees for air­lines, op­er­a­tors

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

Air­lines and other air­craft op­er­a­tors are in line for $150 mil­lion of fee re­duc­tions over two years from Nav Canada, which op­er­ates Canada’s air nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. Ot­tawa-based Nav Canada says the cuts in the service charges, which are levied on air­lines and other own­ers and op­er­a­tors of air­craft to re­coup the costs of pro­vid­ing air nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices, will be­gin Sept. 1. Nav Canada says the re­duced fees are pos­si­ble be­cause of strong growth in air traf­fic, in­vest­ments in its air nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and cost con­trols. It es­ti­mates that its cus­tomers will save about $100 mil­lion in the 2016-17 fis­cal year, fol­lowed by another $50 mil­lion in sav­ings the next year. Nav Canada pro­vides air traf­fic con­trol, flight in­for­ma­tion and other ser­vices for air­craft op­er­at­ing in Canada’s airspace.

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