Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is astounded that the Liberal government has stood back and watched the crisis in our essential aviation industry unravel with further service reductions and layoffs.
“As noted by the National Airlines Council of Canada, the stark reality is that we are losing connectivity and service to communities across Canada,” said McLeod. “Air Canada’s suspension of service to Kamloops is appalling, we are a major transportation hub.”
“Airlines are an integral part of economic growth in every region in Canada. With lost jobs, parked planes and an 80% reduction in demand, how can they offer any level of service and stay financially viable?” questioned McLeod.
“Without financial aid, they are losing out to foreign competitors who have received strong support from their governments.”
“My worry is for those smaller communities who count on air service for their well-being. Residents will be challenged in their ability to receive medical, educational and essential services. From mail service to time-sensitive cargo, the hardest hit communities will be indigenous,” said McLeod.
“After time this loss will trickled down to associated businesses like car rental facilities, hotels, fishing lodges and tour operators.”
“It’s time for the federal government to step up and turn this disaster around. They must provide immediate financial support to the airline industry, without it they can no longer carry the financial burden alone,” concluded McLeod.