Nav Canada Says Fees Are "Fair"
Nav Canada says in its proposal that it "seems fair and reasonable" that even small aircraft, if they want to use the busiest airports, should pay an additional charge. The charge would also serve as an incentive for small aircraft to use reliever airports instead. Nav Canada said in a news release that its aim is to better balance the charges between large and small aircraft, better reflect the impact of new technology and better absorb the financial impact of fluctuations in air traffic. The proposed changes would be revenue-neutral overall. Nav Canada acknowledges that views within the aviation community differ widely on the issue of charges for general aviation. "Many commercial operators believe that the charges should be substantially increased, while private aircraft operators either supported the status quo or argued for decreased fees," the proposal says.