Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra will host a National Summit on the Recovery of the Air Sector next month, according to a government press release issued Monday (Oct. 31).
The Summit will take place on Nov. 24 and promises to bring together government departments and agencies, as well as industry partners, including airports, airlines, industry associations, unions and consumer groups, to discuss “critical issues facing aviation and the future of the air sector in Canada.”
Ottawa says the event will serve as an opportunity to “convene a broad range of aviation stakeholders to discuss challenges, strategies, and next steps to support a strong and resilient air transportation sector.”
For participants, it will also be an opportunity “to hear about the government's key priorities.”
Discussions at the Summit will focus on “what needs to be done, collectively and individually, to build a more resilient and reliable air transportation sector for the future,” the release said.
"The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the important role Canada's air sector plays in our country's economy, and the lives of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” stated Minister Alghabra. “It is important to come together with our partners to discuss the progress we have made as well as the challenges that remain.”
“By sharing lessons learned, as well as strategies for future resilience, we are confident we will come out with a much stronger aviation industry—one able to more easily overcome future disruptions."
The news comes on the heels of aviation experts warning of flight delays this holiday travel season at Canadian airports - Toronto Pearson, in particular - as the sector grapples with ongoing labour shortages.