BNN Bloomberg: Canada’s Airports Reinforce Call for Government Action as Expected Losses Grow with New Travel Restrictions

March 8, 2021 –  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

London International Airport has implemented Flight Path to Recovery, enhancing existing measures and implementing new initiatives and processes that will ensure passengers remain safe while travelling through the airport.

Toronto Pearson has launched When You’re Ready to Travel, which describes the new airport experience for travellers.

Vancouver International Airport has new information on Travel Planning to help travellers prepare for their trip and journey through YVR.

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.

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

February 19, 2021 Let’s Talk Budget 2021: Positioning Canada’s airports for a strong, inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 recovery

December 3, 2020 Presentation to the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities

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

Canada’s Airports See Air Sector Package as a First Step

Canada’s airports call for federal action as traffic numbers continue to drop

Airports Council Welcomes Updated ICAO Restart and Recovery Guidance

Statement on the November 8, 2020 Air Sector Announcement by Transport Minister Marc Garneau

Canada’s Global Cities Need Air Transport, by Daniel-Robert Gooch, CAC and Patrick Sullivan, CGCC

Canada’s Airports Look Forward to Working with the Federal Government on Financial Support for the Sector

Darkening Skies:  Canada’s Airports Now Expect Cumulative Revenue Losses of $4.5 Billion by the End of 2021

Canada’s airports welcome Flight Plan, the government’s new guidelines for safe air travel

Airports Council Launches ‘Ready for Every Journey’ Campaign as Travel Resumes

Airports Council Releases COVID-19 Recovery Recommendations and Priorities

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

Western Aviation News: Aviation industry wants to avoid a Hunger Games competition for scarce federal aid (Dec. 3, 2020)

CBC: Airlines disappointed by the lack of a bailout plan in federal fiscal update (Nov. 30, 2020)

National Post: Feds aim pandemic support at tourism and other ‘highly affected sectors’ in fall economic statement (Dec. 1, 2020)

Globe and Mail: Ottawa vows tailored financial support for hardest-hit sectors (Nov. 30, 2020)

Blacklocks (Subscription required): Air Sector Buried In Debts (Dec. 4, 2020)

Western Aviation News: So just what help did Canada announce for the aviation industry? (Nov. 30, 2020)

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

Positioning Canada’s airports for a strong and sustainable recovery

ArriveCAN App:  Use this mobile app to speed up your arrival process in Canada and spend less time with border and public health officers.

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