Premier Scott Moe and some of his counterparts are writing a letter to Justin Trudeau in which they ask him to get involved in the effort to save air traffic control towers in seven cities including Regina.
Moe, along with the premiers of Alberta, BC, Quebec, Ontario and the Yukon, are asking for any decisions by NAV Canada to be made after COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed and there is normalcy when it comes to air traffic.
The aviation industry has been one of the hardest hit during COVID-19. NAV CANADA has recently put Air Traffic Control towers at several sites including YQR under review, with the potential of a closure or reduction to this crucial service. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/Iy7OS8ZwKb
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) February 16, 2021
The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association says more than 100 air traffic controllers received layoff notices across the country last month including the 10 controllers at the Regina airport.
It has been suggested that if the tower were to close that Westjet and Air Canada may wish to centralize its Saskatchewan operations in Saskatoon which Regina M-P Michael Kram says would be disastrous for our city post-pandemic when it comes to hosting trade shows, major sporting events and other things.