January 21, 2018

Winnipeg
-8° C, Overcast

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Cost of jet-setting on way up

City airport fee to jump to $25

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 28/12/2012 (1849 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Jetting out of Winnipeg will leave your wallet a little lighter. Beginning April 1, 2013, the Richardson International Airport's improvement fee will jump $5 to $25.

"The airport improvement fee goes directly toward the planned infrastructure improvement over the next decade," said Christine Payne of the Winnipeg Airports Authority.

Payne said the extra money will not go toward the newly constructed terminal, which was completed in 2011, but toward improving the airport's runways, lighting and equipment.

She added the Winnipeg Airports Authority is a community-run organization and no longer receives government subsidies.

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 60 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Add a payment method

To read the remaining 270 words of this article.

Pay only 27¢ for articles you wish to read.

Hope you enjoyed your trial.

Add a payment method

To read the remaining 270 words of this article.

Pay only 27¢ for articles you wish to read.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 28/12/2012 (1849 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Travellers heading out from Winnipeg can expect to pay more when the Richardson International Airport's improvement fee jumps $5 to $25.

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES

Travellers heading out from Winnipeg can expect to pay more when the Richardson International Airport's improvement fee jumps $5 to $25.

Jetting out of Winnipeg will leave your wallet a little lighter. Beginning April 1, 2013, the Richardson International Airport's improvement fee will jump $5 to $25.

"The airport improvement fee goes directly toward the planned infrastructure improvement over the next decade," said Christine Payne of the Winnipeg Airports Authority.

Payne said the extra money will not go toward the newly constructed terminal, which was completed in 2011, but toward improving the airport's runways, lighting and equipment.

She added the Winnipeg Airports Authority is a community-run organization and no longer receives government subsidies.

"A lot of people are under the assumption that there is government money in an airport authority," Payne said, "but there is no government funding at any level."

Walter Rodrigues, a travel consultant at Bestway Travel Agency on Notre Dame Avenue, said the fee increase will give Winnipeggers one more reason to cross the border to catch a flight in North Dakota.

"Customers will take it and bear it to a point," he said, "but it's just one more avenue for airlines in Grand Forks to increase their business."

Rodrigues said it's also important for travellers to know where their money is going, as taxes and hidden fees are often buried in the ticket price.

"The public needs to be aware that most of these fees are not for the airlines, they're for the airports," he said. "And now that we have a new airport, I guess there are going to be new costs."

And while Rodrigues understands the cost of doing business, he said he doesn't think travellers are the ones who should have to foot the bill.

"It's not fair," he said. "If everyone keeps increasing their fees, it adds up."

The last time Winnipeg's airport improvement fee went up was Jan. 1, 2008, when it climbed to $20 from $15.

The following year, Toronto's Pearson International Airport was the first in Canada to raise its fee to $25.

In March 2013, Calgary International Airport will bump its fee to $30, making it the highest in the country.

"Winnipeg is definitely in line with all of the other large airports in Canada," Payne said.

ryan.bowman@freepress.mb.ca

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

History

Updated on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM CST: adds photo

9:13 AM: adds fact box

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.