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Transport minister Marc Garneau said on November 8, 2020 that taxpayer-funded relief — possibly in the form of government-backed loans — will come with a requirement that Canadians whose flights were cancelled due to the pandemic get refunds. The federal government is in talks with Canada’s major airlines about a rescue package with “strict conditions” that will help them stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, and the country’s airports don’t want to be left out or forced to take a hit to help air carriers.  “The crisis has lasted longer than expected, with massive financial challenges for airports,” said Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council.  Transport minister Marc Garneau said on November 8, 2020 that taxpayer-funded relief — possibly in the form of government-backed loans — will come with a requirement that Canadians whose flights were cancelled due to the pandemic get refunds.

Ottawa makes refunds for cancelled flights condition for airlines to tap federal aid, November 9, 2020, www.nationalpost.ca