Nunavut pays more than $2M a week to keep airlines in the air

Nunavut is spending $2.25 million to keep Northern Airlines flying despite the fact that the seats aren’t being used.

A travel restriction is in place to try and stop any outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.

As of this posting, Nunavut remains the only jurisdiction in Canada without a confirmed case of the new coronavirus.

The emergency money is being spent to ensure the airline’s survival in a region of Canada where air travel is essential.

 

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Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.