Lower Mainland airline operators are suing the federal government over
security restrictions imposed during the Olympic Games that they say
resulted in more than $1 million in losses.
The carriers and flight schools want to be compensated for loss of revenue and increased expenses from Jan. 29 to March 24.
The restrictions mainly affected operators at Boundary Bay Airport and Squamish Airport.
example, solo flights by student pilots at Boundary Bay were banned.
Sightseeing flights were also cancelled and there were some
restrictions on night flights.
Pat Kennedy, chief operating
officer for the Pacific Flying Club, one of the six anticipated
plaintiffs, said her company was "significantly restricted" in
operations out of Boundary Bay.
Kennedy claims her company alone suffered $100,000 in losses.
Transport Canada, which approved the restrictive measures, could not be reached.