BNN Bloomberg: The travel sector will be ‘one of the last to get back up’ post pandemic: Canadian Airports Council

Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of Canadian Airports Council, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss what the travel sector needs from the federal government to avoid large job losses and possible closures amid the pandemic.

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What to expect on your next journey

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport has implemented the New YWG Travel Experience , a step-by-step guide to help passengers know what to expect each step of the way.

Calgary International Airport has launched #FlyHealthyYYC, focused on delivering a safe and healthy airport for workers and travellers.

Toronto Pearson offers Healthy Airport, which includes a strategic partnership with BlueDot, a leader in advanced data analytics and technologies to predict and monitor infectious disease risks.

Vancouver International Airport has implemented YVR TAKEcare, which places industry-leading health, safety and cleaning practices and protocols at the forefront of airport processes.

Edmonton International Airport is EIA Ready, a commitment to make the airport as clean and safe as possible.

Montréal-Trudeau International Airport has launched Travel With Confidence, providing a series of measures and tips for travellers.

Victoria International Airport has launched TravelSafe YYJ Program, the airport’s commitment to travellers.

Kelowna International Airport is welcoming back passengers with a series of new health and safety initiatives at YLW to ensure the public can feel confident when travelling through the airport.

Nanaimo Airport has produced a “Safe Travels” video that showcases the initiatives they have taken to keep passengers and employees safe

Submissions and presentations

August 6, 2020 – Written Submission for Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2021 Federal Budget

May 22, 2020 – Brief for the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) study of the Canadian response to COVID-19 

May 1, 2020 – Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Regarding COVID 19

March 20, 2020 – Canada’s airports need federal financial relief to endure COVID-19 An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada


News and views

Op Eds, Statements and Releases

Statement on Canada’s Airports and Federal Relief Programs

COVID-19 Aviation Industry Briefing Webinar by Daniel-Robert Gooch, International Airport Review –

Reconnecting Canada to the world post virus by Daniel-Robert Gooch

Keeping essential workers and goods moving by air today and tomorrow by Jarred Cohen, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Working for our communities, Canada’s airports deliver a critical service at a critical time  by RJ Steenstra

Feds need to step up support for airports by Angela Gittens and Daniel-Robert Gooch

Canada’s airports are working to maintain operations during this critical time by Joyce Carter

For Serving Canadians in Times of Need, Thank You AD

Canadian Airports Council Applaud Federal Airport Rent Exemption

Canada’s airports are working to maintain operations during this critical time

Federal financial relief needed for Canada’s airports to endure through COVID-19 crisis

Statement on the Closure of the U.S. – Canada Border to Non-Essential Travel


Select Media Coverage

Struggling Airports Implore Trudeau to Help Hardest-Hit Sectors, Bloomberg

Canada’s airports likely to hike passenger fees as need for upgrades rise in the wake of pandemic  National Post

By reducing air travel within Canada, COVID-19 has opened another equity gap, Globe and Mail

Former Air Canada executive says province should consider closing an airport , CBC

Aéroport de Québec: le tiers des travailleurs sont licenciés de manière permanente. Le Journal de Québec

Longer lines, higher fares and no booze: Flying is about to get more aggravating, The Canadian Press

LEEFF program remains untouched by big business, iPolitics

Was the government’s large employer emergency package designed to fail? National Post

A day at the airport in June, 2020: quiet, monotonous and fearful, Globe and Mail

Airport Improvement Fees could skyrocket without government aid Western Aviation News

Some lights are off, but Canada’s airports are still planning for a bright future, SKIES

Collaboration, future preparedness are pandemic positives, SKIES

Canada’s airports call for federal financial relief to survive COVID-19 crisis, 

Resources and Information

Ready for Every Journey

IATA Interactive Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Regulations Map

New measures introduced for non-medical masks or face coverings in the Canadian transportation system

New Domestic Transportation Measures

Travelling by Air in Canada:

Travelling by Air Overseas:

Travelling by Air from the U.S./Transborder:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Legislative and Other Measures

Public Health Agency of Canada