In the first tangible example of sector-specific support for the pandemic-ravaged aviation industry, the federal government will pay up to $7 million to cover the losses of companies serving the 28 aviation-dependent communities in the Yukon. Much of the money will be paid retroactively because it covers the period from July 1, 2020 to the end of December. The government says it will renew the funding for up to one more year if it’s needed. The commitment is part of a deal with the Yukon government to keep the unique northern supply chain running enough to ensure the far-flung communities have what they need.. “Throughout the pandemic, Yukon’s air carriers have ensured the transport of essential goods, medical supplies and health care workers to and from the territory,” said Richard Mostyn, the Yukon’s minister of Highways and Public Works. “ This funding will ensure they can continue to provide services that Yukoners rely on.”
The Yukon is waiving fees on air carriers through the end of next March and that’s worth about $243,000. The territory will be responsible for determining which routes need funding and how much based on their individual air transportation requirements. “Our agreement with the Government of Yukon will allow for reliable air services to keep remote communities in the Yukon connected to the rest of the country,” federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said. Meanwhile, across the country those in all sectors of aviation have been imploring the government to provide support, in the form of interest-free loans, to the ailing industry and talks have begun. Any aid will be contingent on airlines giving cash refunds for cancelled flights.