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Transport committee  Absolutely, sir, this is something of great concern. As I just said in my opening remarks, we don't know what the future holds as far as the industry is concerned. Up to 60% of travelling in the past was for business-related reasons, and yes, people are getting used to working wi

September 28th, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  In prepandemic years, we were losing about five million passengers a year with people crossing the border to fly, and that's just a rough estimate. We don't see that going down any time soon. Of course, it was quiet during the pandemic, when people couldn't cross the border, but

September 28th, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  Good afternoon. The Air Transport Association of Canada has represented this country's commercial air transport industry since 1934. Our 175 members are engaged in all levels of commercial aviation and flight training, in every region of Canada. Our membership ranges from the v

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  The training infrastructure is there; there's no doubt that it's there. Access to it is difficult, because of funding, for one thing, and also because our regulations date back to the 1990s. They're not modern, not up to date. They're not following the world trends as far as inco

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  It is better in that we have done away with COVID measures. To comment also on what my colleague, Mr. Morrison, was saying, the wage subsidy helped, but it doesn't keep an airline flying if there are no passengers. It just kept the lights on for many companies. What's better now

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  Visa applications, rate card applications, timed certificate applications, medical approvals, licence renewals, professional exams, pilot proficiency tests, aircraft certification—all this stuff is taking three or four times longer than it ever has, and we don't understand why.

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  Could I add something to that, sir? It takes four years to train an AME in Canada. That's the training requirement by Transport Canada. That's twice as long as any other jurisdiction. Why is that? It's that the regulation has not been amended since the 1990s, and they are not t

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  As was mentioned with the visa applications, it's good to change a policy to allow immigration. Then again, the administration of that policy is something altogether different. You have a huge backlog of people waiting for processing, and it's not happening. Policy is great, but

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  They've updated their regulations to make them more current and with modern technology.

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  I also have three things. The first is to make sure that regulations reflect the reality that we live in, which is not the case right now. Second, in the last 10 years, demand for our services has grown by about 5% a year, but Transport Canada's safety budget has been consisten

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna

Transport committee  Actually, I always prefer to hear from carriers. So I'd love to hear what they have to say about it.

October 31st, 2022Committee meeting

John McKenna