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.
Ottawa International Airport Authority
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.
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PAL Airlines says new five-day-a-week service connecting St. John’s with Moncton, N.B., will be extended to Ottawa once restrictions on travel to Atlantic Canada are lifted.
YOW now expects only about 2.5 million passengers to pass through its gates in 2020, down from its original forecast of 5.2 million before COVID-19 hit.
Airline says service between YOW and Alberta’s biggest city will resume July 5.
CEO says airport might have to borrow up to $150 million over the next two years to cover its operating expenses.
“I believe it will take years to build our passenger numbers back to 2019 levels,” YOW's chief told reporters, adding later: “I hope I’m wrong.”