The airline industry has gone through plenty of turbulence over the last few years. Following a period of crisis caused by an economic slowdown in the United States and amplified by the attacks of 9/11, the SARS epidemic and the war in Iraq, air traffic began growing again in 2004. The airline sector remains fragile, however, and a jump in oil prices or new terrorist attacks could set things back again. Moreover, the high tax burden that Canadian air carriers are forced to bear compared to their U.S. rivals threatens their competitive position in a context of growing liberalization of airline markets.
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