YYZ AIF FEES FOR EMPLOYEES


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All employee Travel passes are ID coded fares. It is a throwback of sorts. Zed Fares as we know them now were once called ID-90 fares. We had ID-90 and ID-50 fares as well as standard passes which were essentially ID-90s on our own airline.

Business travel fares are not ID fares as the Employee travelling is not paying for the fare.

These changes are effective March 1 2016

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Only two comments. Well, actually three.

Inchman....I'm concerned that you're paying higher taxes than your neighbour in a similar townhome. The millage rate should be the same and you should both be paying taxes on your assessed market value. If you are over-paying, you should request reconsideration of your assessment.

I fear one point was not adequately emphasized. I do not believe that the re-consideration of AIF fees was a unilateral decision by the GTAA. I believe it was collaboative.

Finally...I understand the objection to characterization of commuters as a "special class" but I thought it assisted in focussing attention by referencing a group for whom the fee is not an occasional irritant but rather an economic burden.

Compare it if you will to the occasional and reluctant purchase of a head of broccoli at $4.99 to the necessary purchase of same each and every week. Travelling two or three times a year on a pass....$90. a year. Not much to get agitated about. On the other hand, make that four times a month and it becomes $120 each month...$1440 per year...and of more concern.

The principle however remains and I agree with you, Inchman.....should this fee be introduced to AC pass travellers at this time and under these circumstances?

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I fear one point was not adequately emphasized. I do not believe that the re-consideration of AIF fees was a unilateral decision by the GTAA. I believe it was collaboative.

Why do you believe this to be so? Do you know something we don't, or is it just a "feeling" based on your suspicions as to the timing of the change?

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All this being said though...getting the airport authorities to honour the MOA language would have benefits for ALL airline employees. Not just the commuters.

Me thinks it's a worthy cause.

Did you not say that the GTAA/YYZ wasn't a signatory to this MOA?

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Why do you believe this to be so? Do you know something we don't, or is it just a "feeling" based on your suspicions as to the timing of the change?

Moeman.....okay, I have feelings. I confess. However, my "suspicions" are based upon the knowledge that Air Canada entered into an agreement with the GTAA for a five year term. That term has not expired. The agreement related to "aeronautical fees" , a term which includes AIF. It provides for payment to AC of a percentage of AIF fees collected by AC for administrative expenses.

See my post above in reference to this agreement. I concede that I may be wrong but I do not think that the GTAA arbitrarilly and unilaterally decided to revise this agreement. I am relatively certain that AC would not "roll-over" and accept any revisions without some ancillary concessions.

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Moeman....

I emphasize...Air Canada and the GTAA are parties to an existing agreement; they have a contractual relationship. The GTAA cannot vary the terms of that agreement without consent. Air Canada would not consent to the change unless there was something to be gained.

I know that the agreement speaks of revenue neutrality....collect more here; take a corresponding amount less elsewhere.

I am suggesting the possibility that AC put pass travel liability for AIF on the table. I am suggesting this was NOT requested by the GTAA. Why would AC do that? Because that money would come out of pockets other than those of AC and in exchange, AC would be required to pay less in apron fees or landing fees thereby putting more money into its pocket...increasing the bottom line.

These things don't just happen, folks. They are planned and there is always a reason. What do they say? " Follow the money!!"

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