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Sunset liftoffWith the development of an unregulated industry and the establishment of low fare, no frills airlines, there has been an increase in the number of people using the airports. This change brings with it the stresses of having all these passengers provided with the services they need, including transport to and from the airports.

Added to the changes of deregulation is a general withdrawal of government funding for the upkeep of airports. The result has been a user pay system of fees for the travelling public. Many of these issues have resulted in controversy at airports like the Edmonton City Centre Airport, where local changes have meant the closing of the airport to passenger service, which is to transfer to the International Airport. For many that fly into Edmonton, the City Centre Airport is convenient and should be kept open to passenger services. This has fueled a long-standing controversy about what should be done at the Edmonton City Centre Airport.

The future of aviation in Canada without government regulation will be one where airlines will compete to provide the lowest ticket prices and will fly with as many passengers in the seats as possible. To achieve this, the airlines will have to have fleets of smaller, more cost efficient aircraft that are of the same make, so that they can use the same parts and follow a uniform maintenance schedule.

Airlines will have to be flexible, able to adapt quickly to what the travelling public wants, and able to anticipate when to halt their own expansion.

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