As COVID-19 continues to batter the aviation industry, crippling and compromising revenues worldwide, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has announced that aeronautical rates for commercial aviation will increase by three per cent.
Effective January 1, 2021, the airport improvement fee (AIF) for departing passengers at Toronto Pearson will increase by $5 to $30.1, said the GTTA, which operates the airport.
Additionally, the AIF for connecting passengers will increase by $2 to $6 and aeronautical rates for all business and general aviation aircraft 19,000kg or less will increase to $575 per arrival.
Commercial aeronautical rates and the AIF have not increased at Toronto Pearson for 13 and 11 years, respectively during a period of strong growth at the airport.
“The impact of the pandemic on Toronto Pearson’s business and Canada’s aviation sector has been nothing short of devastating,” stated Deborah Flint, President and CEO, GTAA, in a release. “These changes to aeronautical rates and the AIF follow more than a decade during which there were no increases to commercial aeronautical rates or the AIF at Toronto Pearson. Today’s announcement will position the GTAA fiscally for continued investments in healthy travel and industry recovery.”
At the same time, the GTAA has invested to meet changing demands for a healthy, touchless airport journey for passengers.
The authority says it will continue to invest in these items in order to position itself at the forefront of airport hygiene, creating a travel experience that is designed to restore passenger confidence.