Petition to the Government of Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions have had a devastating impact on air service across Canada;
This has caused airlines to suspend routes and reduced capacity at airports all across the country;
Due to these suspensions, the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has lost all commercial air service indefinitely, which has resulted in job loss and has severed air accessibility to our island;
This loss of air service has direct catastrophic consequences to our post-secondary institution, tourism sector, business community, rotational workers, etc., by preventing us from sustaining our current economy and achieving any level of economic growth in our region as every aspect of our economy depends on air service connectivity;
This situation is unprecedented, and the entire economy of our region is at stake; and
Without immediate government action and intervention, it will take years, if not decades, to rebuild this lost air access and debilitate our ability to grow economically as a region.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to provide financial support to our air industry so that the national air carriers can then re-establish commercial air service to airports including the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney, Nova Scotia.