Canada’s key airways welcome new transport minister amid sector headwinds

MONTREAL — Canada’s airways welcomed the appointment of Omar Alghabra as the new federal minister of transportation in a statement that emphasised the industry’s continued challenges.

MONTREAL — Canada’s airways welcomed the appointment of Omar Alghabra as the new federal minister of transport in a statement that emphasised the industry’s continued problems.

Mike McNaney, president and CEO of the Countrywide Airways Council of Canada, which represents the country’s main carriers, mentioned the team is searching ahead to doing work with Alghabra on restarting aviation and rolling out a countrywide COVID-19 tests method for air vacation.

“While we wish we could welcome Minister Alghabra less than significantly considerably less spectacular conditions, the actuality is tens of thousands of aviation workers have dropped their work opportunities, billions of pounds in plane are parked and out of operation, and sector potential has been diminished by extra than 80 per cent,” McNaney reported Tuesday.

The cabinet shuffle comes at a crucial juncture in relations involving the federal government and Canada’s airways, which have consistently criticized Ottawa’s reaction to the pandemic.

In unique, the government has held off on offering airways with a key support deal, despite the industry’s phone calls for specific monetary aid, and refused to lessen the required 14-day quarantine for international travellers.

Airways have responded to the hard company setting by laying off team and reducing routes. Just very last 7 days, WestJet introduced that 1,000 of its personnel would be furloughed, temporarily laid off, set on unpaid go away or have their hrs slash, blaming Ottawa’s response to the pandemic for the steps.

As of Monday, Air Canada has also briefly halted, or suspended until finally further observe, a quantity of routes in Atlantic Canada, a go that local airport officials stated would be devastating for their means to run.

Alghabra, a member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre who was initial elected in 2006, earlier served in many roles in the federal govt, including as parliament secretary to the minister of worldwide trade diversification from 2018 to 2019.

Most not long ago, Alghabra has served as parliament secretary to the prime minister (general public service renewal) and parliamentary secretary to the deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs.

Alghabra has served safe authorities funding for the family members of the victims of Ukrainian International Airways Flight PS752, which was shot down in January 2020 by the Iranian military services. All 176 persons on board died in the crash, including 138 persons who were sure for Canada.

Marc Garneau, the outgoing transport minister, will keep on being in the federal cupboard, serving as minister of international affairs.

This report by The Canadian Press was initially revealed Jan. 12, 2021.

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Jon Victor, The Canadian Press