WestJet welcomes lower fees in Ottawa

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Canadian operator WestJet Airlines is applauding plans by the Ottawa International Airport to cut terminal fees effective 1 July.

The Ottawa International Authority will reduce fees by 5 percent due to skyrocketing fuel costs and weakened economies in Canada and the USA, the carrier says in a statement.

The airline is pleased with the decision.

“We thank the Ottawa International Airport Authority for its voluntary decision to reduce terminal fees and commend it for acknowledging the increasing cost pressures airlines are facing as a result of fuel prices,” WestJet executive VP operations Ken McKenzie says in a statement. “As we continue to focus on ways to reduce our costs, we are also looking to the rest of Canada’s airports to follow the cost-reduction initiatives demonstrated by Ottawa in today's announcement.”