Commentary: “Sky-high: Charges on Canadian Air Services through the Gold-plated Roof” by Mark Glynn

Commentary: “Sky-high: Charges on Canadian Air Services through the Gold-plated Roof” by Mark Glynn

Commentary (April 2010) by Mark Glynn under the supervision of Professor Armand de Mestral, Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration

Canada has committed to a ground-breaking progressive dismantling of all government regulation of market access in the Canada-EU transatlantic air services market. However in order for this policy to reap benefits, air carriers must be able to charge prices inclusive of taxes and charges for the operation of services which generate sufficient demand to allow operators to breach the break-even factor.

This paper will explore the nature of two of the charges paid by passengers which have already been increased in 2010; Airport Improvement Fees and the Air Travelers Security Charge. In the second of these cases, we will underscore how the charge is unfairly structured discriminating against European-bound passengers.

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