OTTAWA, November 20, 2019 – The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC), the trade association representing Canada’s largest passenger air carriers, welcomed today’s announcement that the Honourable Marc Garneau will be returning as Minister of Transport.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Minister Garneau and Transport Canada as we promote a world-class air transportation system that provides Canadians in communities large and small across the country with safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable air service,” said Mike McNaney, President and CEO of the NACC.

Strong collaboration across government is needed to ensure Canada’s aviation sector maximizes its economic, social and environmental sustainability potential. The NACC also congratulates Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Chrystia Freeland; Environment and Climate Change Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson; Finance Minister, Bill Morneau; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, Marco Mendocino; Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister, Bill Blair; Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister, Carla Qualtrough; Labour Minister, Filomena Tassi; Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, Mélanie Joly; and Innovation, Science and Industry Minister, Navdeep Bains on their appointments.

Aviation in Canada has an economic footprint of over 35 billion dollars annually, facilitating business, trade and tourism. The aviation sector serves as a major source of jobs, investment opportunities and supports the success of many other industries across Canada. Airlines link communities and families to one another, and to the world. They unlock a community’s potential and make it easier for Canadian businesses to access new customers and new markets. These roles are especially important in Canada, due to the vastness of our country, our close family and personal ties to other countries and our reliance on international markets.

About the National Airlines Council of Canada

The National Airlines Council of Canada represents Canada’s largest national and international passenger air carriers: Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet. It promotes safe, sustainable and competitive air travel by advocating the development of policies, regulations and legislation to foster a world-class transportation system. Collectively, its member airlines carry over 60 million passengers annually, directly employ over 50,000 people and contribute to over 400,000 jobs in related industries.

For further information, please contact:

Mike McNaney, President and CEO, National Airlines Council of Canada
Tel.: 613-231-7223 ext. 103
[email protected]