One thing, really quickly, that could be done is that we bring it down to per seat, not per aircraft weight or aircraft size. If everybody's paying the same per seat, it's equitable.
Just to give you an example, we started to fly out of the Dorval Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport to be able to give our regions access to international flights. We started our operation there last summer. The first thing we received was a $20,000 bill monthly to have access to de-icing in the winter. This is a monthly charge of $20,000.
I found out that I'm paying the exact same fee per month as Air Canada Rouge. I'm flying a 33-seater aircraft. It just doesn't make any sense. That amount per passenger, for me, it's just out of control, and people in the regions are always saying it doesn't make sense. They can't fly from a region to a city centre for less than they can fly all the way to Paris. They're right, but the cost structure is just so huge, and the farther we get out in the regions, the more expensive things become. The fuel goes higher. We could be paying today $1.80 a litre here in Montreal versus in Gaspé we're paying $3.15 per litre.
It's just no longer feasible. If it continues this way we will not be able to continue to operate, and I know I'm not speaking for just Pascan. This is an issue all across Canada for any regional operator.
Another issue that we're seeing, and I talked about it earlier, is that with a lot of the things that have come out of the federal government over the years follow a one-size-fits-all rule. They're going to put a rule in place. They're going to make a law and, okay, it's for aviation, without taking into consideration that there are a lot of different levels of aviation. You have Air Canada aviation, then you have Jazz-level operations and then you have small regional carriers.
The flight and duty regulations that were put in place by Mr. Garneau, they were one-size-fits-all, so now, and I think it was Mr. Sparling who mentioned earlier.... Last year I could take a pilot flying from Montreal to Fermont, and he could do the return trip in one day. Now he can't. I have to leave those guys in Fermont all day long. They spend the whole night. They can only fly out the next afternoon. I'm telling you, they're not less tired. They're more tired than they were before.