|IATA Appeals to Canadian Government for Immediate Relief for Airlines in Face of COVID-19 Crisis
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the Canadian government to provide urgent financial relief to airlines as they struggle to survive the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines in the Canadian market will fall by C$14.6 billion (43.2%). That puts at risk nearly 250,000 Canadian jobs and C$25.4 billion of Canada's GDP, which is generated by aviation directly as well as by aviation-related tourism.
"Airlines are facing their darkest hour. Passenger traffic has virtually stopped, and cash flows are almost non-existent. The consequences for the Canadian economy are severe. Government support is needed now to ensure that Canada has a viable airline industry to lead the economic recovery," said Peter Cerdá, IATA's Regional Vice President for the Americas.
Government support is urgently required to ensure the liquidity which will allow airlines to survive the coming months and thus protect the jobs generated by the air transport sector.
''Airlines have taken emergency measures to preserve cash. But airlines are among the first and hardest hit. Globally, the industry could suffer a liquidity crisis of up to C$84.7 billion in the second quarter as demand plummets by 80% or more,'' said Cerdá.
Among governments that already have stepped up to help their country's airlines:
The United States provided US$61 billion in relief to the aviation sector
France announced a financial aid package valued at EUR7 billion
The Republic of Korea has promised financial support for local Full Service Carriers worth a total of KRW2.29 trillion (US$1.86 billion)
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