Union calling for more federal support for airline industry amid additional travel restrictions


Published January 5, 2021 at 1:03 am


After news broke that the U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus was found in Ontario, the federal government issued additional restrictions for those travelling abroad.

Moving forward, those travelling to Canada must provide be able to provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, conducted within 72 hours, before boarding an international flight into Canada.

As a result, Unifor is urging the federal government to provide the airline industry with additional financial aid in order to accommodate these new restrictions.

“The federal government’s continued refusal to provide adequate financial support for the 300,000 airline workers puts the very future of Canada’s airline industry in jeopardy,” Jerry Dias, Unifor national president, said in a news release.

The union is calling on the federal government to provide to develop a national aviation plan to provide financial support for workers in the industry.

“Countries around the world have provided support to its airline industries because they recognize that maintaining a strong aviation sector is the key to a post-COVID-19 economic recovery. In addition to airline pilots, gate agents, ground crew and other staff, airport limo drivers, mechanics, air traffic controllers, and workers that maintain the airports all need their government to have a plan to allow them to maintain their skills and be ready to work once the restrictions are lifted,” Dias added.

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