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Ottawa Airport maintains robust performance despite being in Montreal's shadow


Canada must have one of the least used capital city airports in the developed world, along with Canberra in Australia. Both are government-dominated cities located away from the commercial mainstream: Montreal and Toronto in Ottawa’s case and Melbourne and Sydney in Canberra’s. But while Canberra was the only major Australian airport to record a loss of total traffic in FY2010/11 (a mild decline at -0.5%), Ottawa has undergone something of turnaround in the last 12 months and looks forward to the future with confidence. But could it do better still? [2158 words]

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  • Largest city region whose airport is not a hub
  • Award winner
  • Drowning in rent payments
  • Twist or stick?
  • Future growth: LCCs?

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  • Ottawa International Airport financial and operational highlights (CAD millions): 2011
  • Passenger volume: 2008-2012
  • Ottawa International Airport capacity, seats per week: 14-May-2012 to 20-May-2012
  • Ottawa International Airport Network Summary: 20-May-2012
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