Canada’s significant airlines welcome new transportation minister amid industry headwinds | iNFOnews

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January 12, 2021 – 10:34 AM

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

Mike McNaney, president and CEO of the Countrywide Airlines Council of Canada, which signifies the country’s major carriers, reported the team is searching ahead to functioning with Alghabra on restarting aviation and rolling out a countrywide COVID-19 tests system for air journey.

“While we want we could welcome Minister Alghabra below significantly fewer remarkable situations, the actuality is tens of hundreds of aviation staff members have misplaced their jobs, billions of pounds in plane are parked and out of operation, and industry ability has been diminished by a lot more than 80 for each cent,” McNaney explained Tuesday.

The cupboard shuffle arrives at a essential juncture in relations between the federal government and Canada’s airways, which have frequently criticized Ottawa’s reaction to the pandemic.

In distinct, the federal government has held off on supplying airways with a major help package, even with the industry’s phone calls for qualified economical guidance, and refused to minimize the necessary 14-working day quarantine for global travellers.

Airlines have responded to the complicated enterprise setting by laying off staff members and reducing routes. Just past week, WestJet introduced that 1,000 of its workers would be furloughed, briefly laid off, put on unpaid depart or have their several hours lower, blaming Ottawa’s response to the pandemic for the actions.

As of Monday, Air Canada has also quickly halted, or suspended until finally additional discover, a amount of routes in Atlantic Canada, a shift that community airport officers claimed would be devastating for their means to run.

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

Most just lately, Alghabra has served as parliament secretary to the primary minister (community assistance renewal) and parliamentary secretary to the deputy primary minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs.

Alghabra has served safe government funding for the family members of the victims of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752, which was shot down in January 2020 by the Iranian armed service. All 176 persons on board died in the crash, which include 138 persons who have been certain for Canada.

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

This report by The Canadian Press was to start with revealed Jan. 12, 2021.

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Information from © The Canadian Press, 2021

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