(Ottawa, July, 12, 2007) – NAV CANADA today announced that it would be proceeding with reductions in its customer service charges totalling 4 per cent effective August 1, 2007. This will include a 3 per cent reduction already announced, that will come into effect August 1, 2007, one month ahead of the original proposed date of September 1, 2007. In addition, the Company has decided to add a temporary 1 per cent reduction for the period August 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008.
“Customers now stand to save a combined total of approximately $50 million in fiscal 2008 as a result of our decision to lower rates in this manner,” said John Crichton, President & CEO. The 3 per cent rate reduction will save customers $37 million annually with an additional $3.5 million in savings related to the earlier implementation date, and customers will benefit through an additional $13 million from the Company’s decision to add the further 1 per cent temporary reduction.
This is the second consecutive year that the Company has reduced its charges, following a reduction of 1.8 per cent on average that came into effect September 1, 2006.
With the reduction announced today, overall NAV CANADA service charges will have grown only six per cent since they were fully implemented in 1999 – an estimated 14 percentage points below the growth in inflation.
With the introduction of Very Light Jets (VLJs) the Company also announced it will be extending its daily and movement-based charges to jet aircraft weighing three tonnes or less, effective March 1, 2008. These changes are in recognition of the entry of jet aircraft into lower weight categories originally occupied by propeller aircraft.
Details of NAV CANADA’s revised service charges are available at www.navcanada.ca.
NAV CANADA, the country’s civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.
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