I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting No. 21 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, February 3, 2022, the committee is meeting to study the issue of reducing red tape and costs on rural and urban Canadian airports.
Today's meeting is taking place in hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room or remotely using the Zoom application.
Per the directive of the Board of Internal Economy of March 10, 2022, all those attending the meeting in person must wear a mask, except for members who are at their place during proceedings.
I'd like to make a few comments for the benefit of witnesses and members. Please wait until I recognize you by name before speaking. To those participating by video conference, click on the microphone icon to activate your microphone, and please mute yourself when you are not speaking.
With regard to interpretation, for those joining on Zoom, you have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, to choose either floor, English or French audio. To those in the room, you can use the earpiece and select the desired channel.
As a reminder, all comments should be addressed through the chair.
For members in the room, if you wish to speak, please raise your hand. For members on Zoom, please use the “raise hand” function. The clerk and I will manage the speaking order as best we can. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard.
Appearing before the committee, for the first half of today's meeting, are Monsieur David Rheault, vice-president, government and community relations for Air Canada; Mr. Howard Liebman, senior director, government and community affairs for Air Transat; Madame Suzanne Acton-Gervais, interim president and chief executive officer of the National Airlines Council of Canada; and Andy Gibbons, director, government relations and regulatory affairs for WestJet Airlines Limited.
Witnesses, on behalf of the committee, I'd like to welcome you to our committee today and thank you in advance for your testimony.
We will now begin the opening remarks with the National Airlines Council of Canada.
You have five minutes, and the floor is yours.