COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on Canadian aviation
Canada’s initial travel restrictions have been firmly in place since Mar-2020, and have created challenges for the country’s airlines, adding another obstacle for operators as they work to navigate deeply depressed demand.
Canadian operators have routinely pushed for the lifting of some restrictions, urging the country’s government to adopt a more science-based approach in managing travel during the COVID-19 crisis.
That work to persuade the government to adopt different tactics in managing COVID-19 has resulted in Canada’s two largest airlines aiming to conduct voluntary COVID-19 test trials for passengers; however, it is not clear if those efforts will be successful in changing the government’s stance on quarantine requirements.
As the travel restrictions remain in place, Canada’s airlines are also facing rising fees from the nation’s privatised air traffic services provider, Nav Canada. The increases are occurring as Canadian operators are working to slash costs and bump up weak revenues in order to whittle down cash burn.
- Canada’s airlines are broadening their efforts to convince the government to ease travel restrictions that have been in place since Mar-2020 through trials of COVID-19 testing at two of the country’s largest airports.
- At the same time Canada’s airlines continue their months long efforts to convince the government to revisit its stance on travel restrictions, they face increased air service navigation charges, which reflects the all-encompassing effects of the pandemic on the entire aviation sector.