Airport boss Mark Laroche says he’s still awaiting word on when the feds will reopen the terminal to direct flights from U.S. and international destinations.
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Ottawa International Airport Authority CEO Mark Laroche didn’t sugar-coat the impact of the pandemic on the facility’s bottom line.
Airport officials “weren’t expecting anything explicit” in the feds’ latest spending plan, spokesperson says.
Airline's plans to connect Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto to the capital were put on hold last year due to the pandemic.
Toronto-based airline currently employs about 100 people in the capital.
Airport authority boss Mark Laroche says just one million passengers are expected to pass through the Ottawa terminal in 2021, down from 5.1 million two years ago.
Shorter, regional routes are likely to be among the first to be restored as airlines meet demand from visiting friends as well as business passengers resuming travel to nearby destinations.
Toronto-based carrier blamed the latest deferral on a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and ongoing travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
Airport says changes will speed up passenger flow and allow for more physical distancing while travellers and their carry-on items are being screened.