Editorial: High security, landing fees deter travelers

Canada's Vancouver International Airport recently froze landing fees as part of an effort to lure travelers away from airports in Washington state, the Globe and Mail editorial board writes. Toronto's Pearson International Airport followed suit, announcing a 50% reduction in its Airport Improvement Fee. Both moves are aimed at reducing ticket prices. The paper notes that taxes and fees now comprise between 30% and 70% of total ticket prices, according to an airline industry report. "With the security charge scheduled to bring in $3.3 billion over the next five years, we should keep in mind the obvious benefits of lowering, rather than raising, fees on Canadian air travelers" the board writes.

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