The temporary reduction in navigation and ATC user charges in Canada came to an end on December 31 in one of several steps Nav Canada is taking to stem a potential revenue shortfall resulting from reduced flight operations since September 11.
Continuing its opposition to any hint of a privatized ATC system in the U.S., the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said it is closely watching the funding problems being experienced in the UK and Canada. Privatization advocates in the U.S. point to what they call “successes” in both the UK and Canada to justify their position, said Natca president John Carr, who argued the word “failure” now applies.
Six additional flight levels will be introduced later this month in northern Canada airspace when Nav Canada implements reduced vertical separation minimum airspace (RVSM) from 57 deg north latitude to the North Pole from FL 290 through FL 410 inclusive (see also page 82). A transition area to and from the 1,000-ft vertical separation routes of RVSM airspace will extend to 52 deg north latitude.
Now halfway into its fifth year of operation as the world’s first fully privatized provider of air navigation services, Nav Canada today finds itself lauded by its clients and castigated by some of its employees.
Nav Canada’s declining revenue from reduced traffic volume over the last year as a consequence of the slowing economy and September 11 has forced the operator of Canada’s ATC system to propose a modest 3-percent across-the-board increase in service charges to the airlines, business jet operators and general aviation users.
Advanced operational information on the implementation of reduced vertical separation minimum airspace in northern Canada, scheduled to start April 18, is available from Nav Canada at (613) 562-5678 or online at email@example.com under “Special Projects.” Canadian RVSM airspace will initially be implemented from 57 deg north latitude to the North Pole encompassing FL 290 to FL 410 inclusive.
Nav Canada’s declining revenue, which resulted from reduced traffic volume over the last year as a consequence of the slowing economy and 9/11, has forced the operator of Canada’s ATC system to enact a 3-percent, across-the-board increase in service charges for general aviation operators and the airlines. The increased fees are effective January 1 for the airlines and business-jet operators.
Faced with a growing financial deficit due to the continuing downturn in air traffic activity and “significant bad debt expenses,” Nav Canada revealed that it must increase its air navigation service charges by an average of 6.9 percent. Under a Nav Canada proposal, the new charges would go into effect August 1, and increased annual and quarterly charges would be implemented on March 1 next year. Comments are due by July 14.
The temporary reduction in navigation and ATC user charges in Canada will be eliminated on December 31 in one of several steps Nav Canada is taking to stem a potential revenue shortfall resulting from reduced flight operations after September 11.
Nav Canada last month proposed a 3-percent reduction in its customer service charges, effective September 1. This is the second consecutive year that the country’s ATC provider has cut its charges, following an average reduction of 1.8 percent that took effect last September.