Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Air Transat and WestJet Airlines announced the creation of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) last week. Toronto-based High Park Group was chosen following a competitive review, said Brigitte Hébert, NACC director, and has been working behind the scenes for the last few months.
In a press release, the lobby group said it aimed to “promote public policy and legislation favourable to the global success of the Canadian commercial airline industry.” The four airlines had been part of the Air Transport Association of Canada until last April, when they defected because they believed it represented the interests of too many members, including small regional carriers and private jet operators.
The lobby group is calling on the federal government to create an aviation infrastructure fund, which would hep reduce airport improvement fees levied on passengers. High Park Group is helping communicate that message with the support of the government relations departments of each of the four airlines, said Hébert. Air Transat's director of government and industry affairs George Petsikas serves as president of the NACC.