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Tuesday,  June 18, 2024 9:38 PM 

New gov't transportation plan looks to take on airfare costs, service

New gov't transportation plan looks to take on airfare costs, service

Plans for "greater choice, better service, lower costs and new rights" for air travellers are among the highlights of the Transportation 2030 strategy, unveiled yesterday by Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

Minister Garneau was at the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal today to present his strategy to more than 550 key transportation stakeholders from across the country. The plan is based on the five themes around which the Minister consulted with Canadians, stakeholders, provinces and territories, academics and Indigenous groups over the past six months.

Among the highlights of the strategy are those aspects pertaining to air travellers:

  • Pursuing legislation to provide greater transparency, clarity and fairness for Canada’s air traveller, including clear standards for treating and compensating passengers under specific circumstances.

  • Pursuing legislation to change international ownership restrictions from 25 to 49 per cent of voting interests for Canadian air carriers and conditionally approving requested exemptions for two companies, Canada Jetlines and Enerjet, from the current international ownership restrictions.

  • Working with Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to ensure that travellers at Canadian airports go through security faster, while maintaining the same high security standards.

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