Air Canada to fight for Toronto Island slots


Air Canada has been given the chance to challenge the Toronto Port Authority over the allocation of airport slots at Toronto City Centre Airport, the carrier said on Monday.

The carrier is seeking to prevent the TPA from improperly allocating airport capacity, saying the TPA’s process will unfairly discriminate against airlines wishing to serve the Toronto City Centre Airport.

The Federal Court issued an order on Monday saying it would hear Air Canada’s request for access to the airport, scheduling the hearing for July 6-8 later this year.

Air Canada is asking the Court to direct the TPA in its allocation of all existing and additional take-off and landing slots at the airport to ensure it is consistent with its legal obligations.

"The TPA, a public authority, has provided a private business interest with virtually exclusive rights to use a public facility, conferring on Porter Airlines an anti-competitive advantage” said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Air Canada

“As a result of the TPA’s non-transparent arrangement with Porter for all the available slots at the airport, Porter has enjoyed an unfair monopoly on the Island business corridor.

“This puts Air Canada and other airlines at an enormous disadvantage in attracting passengers flying to or from downtown Toronto.

“It is not the role of the TPA to suppress competition – its duty is to run a public facility for the benefit of the travelling public, with fair access for interested carriers."

Air Canada is hoping to resume service to the Island Airport initially with 15 round trips a day to both Ottawa and Montreal and seven a day to Newark, N.J.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
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