Canadian Senate Committee Calls for Aviation Improvements
Senate Committee on Transport and Communications has issued a
report recommending that the Canadian Government create a single, cohesive
national air travel strategy to train new pilots rather than hire temporary
foreign ones and improve the competiveness of Canadian airports.
The report calls for the training of new pilots, as shortages exist in the
northern and remote regions. “A lack of qualified individuals could seriously
impede the air transport industry’s future capacity to expand, thus further
reducing competition in this sector,” the report states.
The committee stresses the need for infrastructure
improvements to regional and northern airports. In particular, the committee
highlights the state and availability of runways at these facilities. The
Northern Air Transport Association indicates that only 10 paved runways
currently exist across the three northernmost territories. By comparison, Alaska
“The lack of paved runways is forcing air carriers to use older aircraft,
thereby increasing operating costs in northern and remote areas,” the committee
The Senate Committee also endorses broader participation from the country’s
airlines and other aviation stakeholders on airport authority boards. “It is
essential that airport authorities be accountable for their management. Airports
are public infrastructure that must be administrated with a view to the
collective well-being of all Canadians,” the report stresses.