NAV Canada shuts down Halifax operation, putting 11 people out of work

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The devastating impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry has created 11 additional jobs in Halifax.NAV Canada, which provides navigation services across the country, is closing its Halifax Flight Information Center.

In a statement, NAV Canada spokesperson Brian Boudreau said the negative impact of the pandemic on air travel had prompted the company to “streamline” its operations in Nova Scotia.

Other flight information centers will take over to provide service in the Halifax area. The company is also reviewing the services it provides at Sydney Airport.

Sydney receives traffic, weather and other information remotely from the Charlottetown Flight Service Station.

3.7M fewer passengers this year

Earlier this week, the Atlantic Canada Airports Association (ACAA), which represents 11 airports in the region, said air travel in Atlantic Canada was down 92% between April and the end of August, compared to the same period last year. . The ACAA said it was a drop of 3.7 million passengers.

Many airports rely on the summer season to increase their income and help them get through slower periods of travel.

Flight information centers provide services over the phone, including flight planning services, in-depth interpretive weather information and en-route details, Boudreau said.

NAV Canada is a private, not-for-profit corporation.

“When it comes to the local job losses, our hearts go out to all of our industry who have been affected, both personally and professionally,” said Tiffany Chase, spokesperson for International Airport. Halifax.

Chase said the Halifax airport had about 5,600 people working there before the pandemic, but she said a “significant number” of those jobs were lost due to COVID-19.

She said they predicted a 50% loss. 100 jobs in the aviation industry across Canada because of the pandemic. “It’s a staggering statistic,” she said.

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