Taxes and airport surcharges are costing Canadian airports an estimated five million passengers a year—and Canada itself C$2.4 billion ($2.2 billion) in economic value—because Canadians cross the U.S. border and fly on lower-priced airline tickets out of nearby U.S. airports, a Montreal-based think tank’s study concludes. The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) says the leakage to U.S. airports can’t be blamed on higher base fares. Instead, airport charges, general taxes, and the fact that ...


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