Dozens of aviation sector workers gathered in Halifax on Monday, calling for the provincial and federal government to implement a strategy to safely reopen the bulk of industry.
“We’ve seen over a 90 per cent drop in passenger revenues. What this means is aviation workers such as you and I, are struggling to simply pay their bills and put food on their tables,” said Ed Hepburn, the chair of the Atlantic International Association of Machinists and Aerospace.
Thousands of aviation sector workers have been furloughed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Air Canada reported an 88-per cent decline in passenger revenue in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019.
Air Canada reports that the steep loss in passengers led to a third quarter operating loss of $785 million in the third quarter of 2020.
For workers impacted by the continued slump in air travel revenue, the ongoing decline in the industry has left them demanding a concrete plan from government.
Source: Global News