Canada’s Airports Prepare to Navigate a Connected Future

KELOWNA, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Canada’s airports are preparing for a more connected future, following
two intensive days of discussion and planning at Airport Canada 2019.

This biennial event, held by the Canadian Airports Council (CAC),
attracted over 200 aviation leaders to Kelowna, BC. from across North
America. Conference delegates heard from senior executives and subject
matter experts representing airports, airlines and government.

With changes coming in the airline sector and the government
announcement that airport security screening will be placed in the hands
of private management, the timing of Airports Canada was ideal.

“Every decade or so it seems that the aviation sector upends itself”
said CAC chair and airport director of the Kelowna International
Airport, Sam Samaddar. “We could not have chosen a better time to have
everyone together in one place, talking everything through. Canada’s
airports are determined to offer an efficient and respectful experience
to an increasingly diverse and growing group of travellers. After two
days of discussion among ourselves and with our airline and government
partners, I think we identified a lot of the pressure points and can see
a clear path forward.”

A highlight of the conference was a keynote address by U.S. Consul
General Katherine Dhanani, who stressed the strong bonds between our two
countries and the many initiatives underway to help ease air border

Sessions also addressed a number of ‘hot topic’ issues, including how
airports around the world are dealing with drone incursions; how
officials and businesses on both sides of the border are working to
enhance preclearance and other border services and how the changes in
airline sector might affect airports and travellers. Other panels
examined how airports work with and for their communities, an
examination of transport and aviation policy in light of the upcoming
federal election, and the challenges and opportunities for regional
aviation service.

“Coming together for Airports Canada energizes the airport community to
work even harder for their travellers and communities.” said CAC
president, Daniel-Robert Gooch. “The majority of Canada’s airports are
self-funded and locally-managed nonshared capital corporations. They
contribute to their communities in many ways, from enhancing tourism and
trade opportunities to reinvesting billions of dollars into regional
economies through special programming and infrastructure spending.”

Mr. Gooch also noted that the work doesn’t begin or end at Airports
Canada; it’s continuous. “With changes in the aviation sector happening
at a rapid pace and an election only a few months away, the CAC has
created a seven-point plan that, if adopted by the government, would not
only eliminate many of the bottlenecks and snags faced by travellers,
but would actually elevate their experience. ”

With 54 members representing over 100 airports, including all of the
National Airports System (NAS) airports and most passenger service
airports in every province and territory, CAC members handle virtually
all of the nation’s air cargo and international passenger traffic and
90% of domestic passenger traffic. The Canadian Airports Council is a
division of ACI-NA.


Debra Ward, Advisor for Communications and Industry Promotion, Canadian
Airports Council
613 850 9118

Jessica Hewitt, Communications Advisor | Kelowna International Airport