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Atlantic Canada airports estimate 92 per cent drop in summer travel

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With just a few new cases in recent weeks, provinces in Atlantic Canada are once again changing their COVID-19 rules. In New Brunswick, officials are loosening travel restrictions, while Nova Scotia has decided to mandate masks in public spaces to ensure the virus remains suppressed. Ross Lord reports – Jul 31, 2020

HALIFAX – Atlantic Canada’s airports say they need more money from the federal government to cope with a massive decline in airline traffic owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Atlantic Canada Airports Association said Tuesday the 11 airports it represents are projected to lose a total of 5.5 million passengers and $76 million in revenues this year.

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It says air travel in the region was down 92 per cent year-over-year from April to the end of August in comparison to 2019.

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Association director Monette Pasher says in a news release airports are using capital reserves or borrowing to cover their operating loses and debt obligations.

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She says airports are an essential service and are providing communities medical evacuations, air cargo deliveries and transport for essential workers.

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Derrick Stanford, association president and CEO of Saint John Airport says the federal wage subsidy has provided some relief but airports need more financial support from Ottawa.