AMERICAS: Pearson airport to reduce cargo landing fees

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has announced that cargo landing fees at Toronto Pearson, the leading air cargo gateway in Canada, will be reduced by 25 per cent effective January 2009. “This is a positive change that will maintain and enhance Toronto Pearson’s competitiveness with neighbouring jurisdictions and encourage cargo business to choose Toronto […]


The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has announced that cargo landing fees at Toronto Pearson, the leading air cargo gateway in Canada, will be reduced by 25 per cent effective January 2009.

“This is a positive change that will maintain and enhance Toronto Pearson’s competitiveness with neighbouring jurisdictions and encourage cargo business to choose Toronto Pearson,” said officials in a release.

By reducing cargo landing fees, the GTAA aims to enhance the economic competitiveness of the Greater Toronto Area. According to officials, additional cargo business from carriers taking advantage of this reduction may remove as many as 40,000 trucks per year off Ontario roads – trucks that now travel from the GTA to airports in New York and Chicago, slowing up the border, causing congestion and ground-level air pollution. The new fee reduction initiative also includes provisions that will encourage air carriers to modernize their fleets to newer, quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft.

“Maintaining Toronto Pearson’s competitiveness is important to our region and ultimately for Canada’s economy,” said Lloyd McCoomb, GTAA president and CEO. “It also signals that we are responsive to the needs of our cargo carriers.”

“Moving products to market quickly and cost effectively is imperative for a strong economy here in the GTA and across Canada,” added Jim Flaherty, Canada’s Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. “I applaud the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for taking steps to reduce their fees at a time when transportation costs are increasing at an unprecedented rate.”