Nav Canada Increases ATC User Fees

 - August 28, 2019, 11:24 AM

Nav Canada, the private, not-for-profit company that operates the country’s ATC system, is increasing its user fees to recover the costs of providing ADS-B surveillance data services in terminal areas and both domestic en route and North Atlantic oceanic airspace. These services have been provided on a no-cost trial basis since March. The company said this is the first time in 15 years that customer service charges have increased.

The rate change will be implemented in two phases. Effective September 1, the first phase will recover the cost of domestic ADS-B services and represents an average increase of 0.8 percent on overall rate levels.

Phase two relates to recovering the cost of providing ADS-B surveillance within North Atlantic oceanic airspace. The flat-charge-per-flight fee structure, which reflects stakeholder input received in response to an earlier notice of proposed fee structure changes, will be retained, and the rate will be set, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, to C$155.03 (US$116.55) per flight based on aircraft weight and by distance flown.

Nav Canada’s customer service charges “remain among the lowest…compared to [those of] other air navigation service providers,” the company said. “The proposed rate changes would bring service charges on Jan. 1, 2020 to less than 1 percent higher than they were more than two decades ago—nearly 50 percentage points less than the cumulative growth in inflation.”