Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Competition Bureau Accuses YVR of Restricting Competition among Airline Caterers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Competition Bureau Accuses YVR of Restricting Competition among Airline Caterers

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Bureau accuses YVR of restricting competition

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OTTAWA - The Competition Bureau is accusing the Vancouver Airport Authority of imposing restrictions which it says decreases competition among in-flight catering companies.

The regulator has applied to the Competition Tribunal for an order requiring the airport authority to open Vancouver International Airport, which has two full-service caterers, to greater competition.

The application followed an investigation by the bureau.

"As a gatekeeper, the VAA controls access to important resources that in-flight catering firms require to compete," John Pecman, commissioner of competition said in a statement.

The airport authority said it's disappointed by the bureau's decision and will "vigorously defend" its right to determine how services are provided at the airport. …

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