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Local B.C. Flight Operations Sue Over Losses From Olympic Security
A group of flight schools and air carriers in Lower Mainland of British Columbia and the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) announced a lawsuit against the Government of Canada asking for compensation for loss of revenue and increased expenses resulting from special aviation security measures put in place January through March for the Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympics. The air operators claim their businesses were significantly impaired through the course of the Olympic Games as a result of these special air regulations.
Compensation by the government for loss of business due to security arrangements isn’t uncommon, with the recent G8 summit as an example. But John McKenna, ATAC’s president and CEO, stated, “It is quite unacceptable that the Canadian Government not face up to its responsibilities. Transport Canada approved measures it knew full well were detrimental to the very livelihood of these small carriers.”
The proposed plaintiffs are K.D. Air, Pacific Flying Club, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Pacific Professional Flight Center, C. Morin Aviation (Glacier Air Tours), and Montair Aviation.