Canada announces over $18.8M for air transportation ecosystem in BC
by CM Staff
The government of Canada, operating through RATI, expects the funding will help airports and carriers continue essential routine maintenance and facility operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
KELOWNA — Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) says it will provide over $18.8 million in federal support for 11 airports and two air carriers in British Columbia.
A statement from Pacific Economic Development Canada recognizes regional airports and carriers provide a vital service, providing commercial flight access, supporting critical supply chains and promoting economic growth. They connect patients to needed medical care and enable essential work travel. They provide important emergency services and cargo operations to supply businesses and frontline workers.
The government of Canada, operating through RATI, expects the funding will help airports and carriers continue essential routine maintenance and facility operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the funding should help maintain employment and restore growth in the region.
“Air transportation is essential to community well-being and regional economic development. Today’s announcement will not only enhance airport safety and support our essential services but will also create jobs that British Columbians can rely on and bolster regional growth as we recover from the effects of the pandemic,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, International Development Minister and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada in a statement.