, 2022-12-02 22:00:41,
Alexis von Hoensbroech’s airline career has spanned the globe and beyond. The new WestJet Airlines Ltd. chief executive has worked in the business in Asia and Europe, moving people and cargo in the world’s most dense and competitive markets. Before that, he obtained a doctorate at a German school that focuses on astrophysics, the galaxy and the skies above.
But it was in Canada, where Mr. Hoensbroech, 52, took the helm at Calgary-based WestJet in February, that he made a surprising discovery: A vast country highly dependent on air travel imposes user fees on passengers and airlines that are out of this world.
“I don’t know a single country in the world that’s as expensive as Canada. Landing fees, gate fees – this is far, far, far more expensive than any other country,” he said.
He is referring to fees charged by Canada’s airports for gate and apron use, security checks, navigation services, landing charges, taxes and airport improvement. Many of these are customary in other countries. But Canada’s are higher, and they’re the main sources of revenue for its airports.
This is surprising, Mr….
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