As Canada’s aviation and tourism sectors face a decline of epic proportions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal authorities is making ready an support package deal to save lots of an trade that employs nicely over 2 million Canadians.
The foyer group that represents dozens of air carriers on this nation is warning that, with out speedy assist from Ottawa, airways will fold, 1000’s extra will probably be out of labor and the journey panorama on this nation will probably be crippled for the foreseeable future.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated assistance is on the way in which — however it may well’t come quickly sufficient for an trade bleeding money.
“We acknowledge there are particular industries which were extraordinarily arduous hit by each the drop in oil costs and the COVID-19 problem, whether or not it is airways or oil and gasoline or tourism,” Trudeau informed reporters Tuesday when requested concerning the prospect of assist.
“There are vital areas the place we’ll must do extra. And as I’ve stated from the very starting, we will probably be doing extra.”
Airports throughout the nation are just about empty as travellers heed the warnings of public well being officers to remain residence and keep away from all non-essential worldwide and home journey to cease the unfold of the lethal virus.
“The affect of all that is simply devastating. Folks aren’t flying in any respect or capability is at 10, 15 per cent. No one can maintain that for very for much longer, that is for positive,” John McKenna, president of the Air Transport Affiliation of Canada,…