After a significant decrease in revenue resulting from COVID-19, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) will be increasing some airport fees starting January 1, 2021.
For travellers, this means making a trip out of Toronto Pearson next year will be a little pricier than usual.
“The impact of the pandemic on Toronto Pearson’s business and Canada’s aviation sector has been nothing short of devastating,” said Deborah Flint, President and CEO of the GTAA, which was forced to reduce its workforce by 27% as a result of the coronavirus.
Passengers will be paying an extra three percent on commercial flight costs, and the Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) will be increased between five and $30.
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“These changes to aeronautical rates and the AIF follow more than a decade during which there were no increases to commercial aeronautical rates or the AIF at Toronto Pearson,”said Flint. “[The fees] will position the GTAA fiscally for continued investments in healthy travel and industry recovery.”
Other changes being made include an increase from two to six dollars in AIF for connecting passengers, and a rise to $575 in aeronautical rates for incoming flights under 19,000 kg that are carrying general travel or business passengers.
The fees are being put towards providing a safe experience for travellers.