Support for aviation industry

Support for aviation industry

The aviation industry has been among the hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, air passenger traffic has declined dramatically. Airlines have faced staff layoffs and the grounding of planes. While travel for non-essential purposes has largely ceased, this industry is still a vital link to the rest of the country for Yukoners.

Yukon initiatives

Waiving landing, parking and loading fees

From April 1 until December 31, 2020, the government is waiving fees at the Whitehorse airport for:

  • airport landing;
  • aircraft parking; and
  • aircraft loading.

This change will save approximately $210,000 for businesses and the tourism industry. It will also provide incentives for carriers of all sizes to visit and stay in Yukon. These changes will:

  • help address the economic struggles brought on by COVID-19; and
  • promote economic recovery for Yukon’s aviation businesses in the coming months.

Waiving commercial aviation fees

The government is waiving all commercial aviation fees from April 1 until December 31, 2020.

These include:

  • land lease and licence fees;
  • building lease and licence fees;
  • air terminal building concession fees;
  • aircraft fuel lease and licence fees;
  • aircraft fuel concession fees;
  • parking stall fees; and
  • service recoveries such as charges for electricity.

Businesses that are eligible for the fee waiver include:

  • air carriers;
  • commercial aircraft operators (fixed and rotary wing);
  • aircraft maintenance operators; and
  • aviation-related concessionaires such as:
    • food services;
    • vehicle rentals;
    • the gift shop,
    • aircraft fuelling services.

Other non-commercial agencies are not eligible.

Additional support

We expect further changes to be announced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal initiatives



If you have questions about these programs or aviation-related support, email