GNWT providing additional $3M to support airlines, rotary wing operators

Finance Minister Caroline Wawzonek at a press conference in March where she announced a first round of financial support. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB).

A handful of NWT airlines and rotary wing operators will be receiving an additional $3 million in funding to ensure essential services continue.

Summit Air was one of the airline providers who received the funding.

Myles Cane, spokesperson for Summit Air said in an email, the company is using the funds to keep people and cargo moving in the North by retaining pilots, mechanics and staff.

Summit Air received the most funding, with over $1.2 million, ensuring its 17 aircrafts continue operating on routes to the North.

Crane said the company appreciates the government support which is essential during this time.

“Summit Air greatly appreciates the support of the local community, including many government, business and First Nations leaders,” he said.

Crane said Summit Air’s future operations and support will continue to be discussed with the GNWT and the federal government.

This funding comes in addition to the $8.7 million provided by the federal government. A total of $13.6 million in funding has been offered since March to support northern aviation industry, a press release said.

Todd Sasaki, GNWT spokesperson said in an email, the territory has been in talks with all airlines and rotary wing operators to discuss how COVID-19 has affected business.

Certain airline providers who were not a part of the $3 million in funding, such as Aklak Air and Northwright Air, were part of a previous funding announcement.

The recently announced funding is intended to cover the period of April 1 to June 30, but the GNWT will continue to provide support throughout the pandemic, the press release said.

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Luke Carroll
Luke Carroll is a journalist originally from eastern Ontario. He has worked as a reporter and editor in Ottawa, Halifax and New Brunswick. Luke is very excited to live and work in Yellowknife and learn more about the community. If you have a story idea, feel free to send him an email at luke.carroll@cklbradio.com.

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