Canadian airports lose traffic to US airports across the US border

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The exodus of Canadian citizens along the US border to US airports, which has previously been highlighted, continues. It is estimated that up to five million passengers now cross the border each year in search of cheaper flights on the US budget carriers that have increasingly gravitated towards secondary airports, as Canada's relatively limited air services and restrictive international aviation policy limits foreign airline access.

So airports such as Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh in New York State, Burlington in Vermont, Bellingham Airport in Washington State and Fargo's quaintly named Hector Airport in North Dakota are the biggest beneficiaries.

Government taxes and fees have often carried the blame for the non-competitive nature of Canadian airports and for this 'bleed' of passengers. But not everyone agrees.

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