The Thunder Bay airport got an economic boost shortly before the call of the election.
Local MPs announced more than $3.5 million in financial support for the Thunder Bay International Airports Authority (TBIAA). This non-repayable contribution will help mitigate the financial pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the operations of the Thunder airport for a one-year period. The project is expected to help maintain more than 27 local jobs.
“Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting communities and local businesses from coast to coast to coast,” said a government statement.
The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, supports access to air transportation. In particular, it ensures airports remain operational and able to contribute to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.