Ban on flights to the south: “the beginning of the end” for some airlines, according to an expert

The ban on flights from Canada to the Caribbean and Mexico as of Sunday could spell the end of some airlines.

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“These measures, without government help, could, for a company like Air Transat, be the beginning of the end, especially if the transaction with Air Canada is not successful,” believes Mehran Ebrahimi, professor at management and technology department of UQAM.

Already ravaged by the pandemic, the airline industry is once again weakened by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Friday concerning travel to sun destinations.

Mr. Ebrahimi regrets that Canada does not provide financial assistance to this sector.

“What is absolutely unacceptable is that Canada is the only country in which there is an air transport worthy of the name and which has not come to the aid of these companies,” he said. he denounced on Saturday, interview at LCN.

The professor gives as an example the United States, Europe, Australia and some Asian countries which have massively helped air transport and their respective national company.

Consequences for pilots

This forced break for several pilots could have major consequences in the longer term.

Mehran Ebrahimi explains that we could witness the “Pakistan Airline phenomenon”, linked to the crash of a plane due to the pilot’s lack of flight hours.

“We realized that the pilot, because he hadn’t flown for several months, had forgotten the routine a bit,” Mr. Ebrahimi reported.

The ban on flights to the South, until April 30, will mean that several pilots will see their flying hours reduced or even disappear.

A deplorable situation since in Canada, “we have some of the best pilots in the world,” maintains the UQAM professor.

Rising commodity prices

The rise in the price of several products and foods from Caribbean countries and Mexico is another consequence of the ban decreed by the Trudeau government.

Passenger planes that fly to these sunny destinations often bring back fruits, vegetables or even fish and seafood, says Mehran Ebrahimi.

“Banning these flights will certainly have an effect on the price or the availability of these goods on the market,” he admitted.

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