Nav Canada Holds the Line on ATC User Fees

 - August 13, 2018, 11:02 AM

Nav Canada will proceed with its proposal to decrease existing base rates for aircraft operations by an average of 0.4 percent. This effectively continues the one-year temporary rate reduction that was implemented on Sept. 1, 2017. On average, operators will pay the same rates in Fiscal Year 2019 as they did in FY2018.

Traffic over the past year has grown at a rate greater than forecast, according to Nav Canada. These strong results in the current fiscal year coupled with traffic growth projections for FY2019 have, in effect, enabled the company to cancel the 0.4 percent rate increase that was set to begin on Sept. 1, 2018, upon the expiration of last year’s temporary reduction.

Effective Sept. 1, 2018, the base rate revisions for each ATC services for commercial operations air are as follows: Terminal, 1.4 percent increase; en route, 2.2 percent decrease; North Atlantic Track, 5.2 percent increase; and international communications, 1.8 percent increase. However, general aviation charge (annual, quarterly, and daily plus major airport charges) reductions won’t be implemented until March 1, 2019, consistent with the revision cycle for GA charges. Fees also vary depending on aircraft gross weight and type of powerplant.