Yukon’s aviation sector will receive a second installment of federal funding, totalling $1.23 million to help compensate for lost revenues as a result of COVID-19.
As part of this funding Air North will receive approximately $1.06 million over three months. This will help offset the costs of maintaining five weekly flights to Vancouver and three weekly flights on the northern routes to Dawson City and Old Crow. Alkan Air will receive approximately $140,000 in connection with the provision of medevac services from April to June.
This funding will ensure that essential transport links to the South and North are maintained without disruption while the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect the aviation industry.
Yukon aviation businesses will also continue to benefit from the waiving of commercial fees, including:
- 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 like charges for electricity.
These fees are waived from April 1 until December 31, 2020.
Airlines continue to be deeply impacted by health and travel restrictions brought about by COVID-19. Our government is committed to supporting Yukon’s airlines to keep our communities connected. This ensures air carriers can continue to provide services that Yukoners rely on, including essential goods and medical supplies, and the transport of medical personnel to and from Yukon.
Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn
We are very thankful for the support being provided by the territorial and federal governments, but we know that financial assistance cannot go on forever and so we are doing all that we can to grow revenues and reduce costs in order to ensure that our operations can become self-sustaining as soon as possible.
Air North President Joe Sparling
The team at Alkan Air appreciates this vital support to ensure Yukoners could continue to rely on the air ambulance service they know and deserve amidst the global uncertainty caused by this pandemic. We are very proud to provide the territory with this critical aspect of Yukon residents’ medical care, health and safety.
Alkan Air President Wendy Tayler
This funding is part of the $3.56 million announced by the Government of Canada in April 2020. The Government of Yukon will flow the outstanding federal monies to aviation businesses, supporting the continued flow of essential medical goods, services, personnel and patients to, from and within Yukon.
In the first installment of aviation support announced in May 2020, Air North received $1.1 million to ensure continued operation of critical routes to the North.