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  1. https://financialpost.com/opinion/ed-sims-keep-airline-help-simple
  2. The bailout of any company is a good thing for its workers. That’s a separate matter from the hypocrisy of those who take potshots at a political party for its support of a Quebec business but had no criticism when the same party forced the bailout of an Alberta one.
  3. Is saving jobs a bad thing? I don't remember hearing complaints from Albertans when the Liberal party forced Air Canada to save jobs at Canadian Airlines.
  4. Cleared by EU authorities. https://onemileatatime.com/boeing-737-max-cleared-by-european-regulators/
  5. I do empathize, but looking for sympathy from the public at a time when those of us who have jobs are the lucky ones is likely to be fruitless.
  6. Pre-flight testing doesn't need to be done at an airport. United is offering testing through accredited facilities for pax on some its fights to Hawaii as an alternative to quarantine.
  7. https://torontosun.com/news/national/breaking-rapid-testing-at-airports-to-replace-mandatory-quarantine-for-international-travellers?fbclid=IwAR280lr7I2UYX72irnCuN-8EFDMkW0GOFfkqPCTuTuEdQGMoBKvXy_DoqSs Edit. More detail here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-covid-19-test-border-pilot-1.5772637
  8. Government restrictions have a lot to do with the light loads. Many people do want to travel but are put off by the requirement to quarantine for 14 days upon return. There are foreign tourists who would like to visit Canada who cannot because of the closure of our borders. I'm not necessarily arguing against current government travel restrictions, but I don't think there's any question that they're having an effect on loads.
  9. Agreed. I think everybody in the industry supports the idea of testing before travel and/or at borders to lessen current restrictions.
  10. The case fatality rate of the virus is very low in most places. The statistics above, if they're accurate, help to keep things in perspective but it isn't helpful to use them to argue that we should just open everything right back up again. I'm not accusing you of doing that, btw. The reason that only a tiny part of our population was infected was that lockdown measures and other precautions were effective. By using the statistics posted here one could run the math how many deaths of Covid we'd have had if we hadn't enacted precautions and the number would be enormous. Aside from
  11. I haven't yet heard much from governments about where they intend to deploy the rapid testing, but approval/purchase of the kits is a welcome development. Between that and it appearing likely that we'll have the ability to vaccinate at least some of the most vulnerable members of the population within a few months there's reason for optimism despite the outlook for the very near term being a bit grim.
  12. https://cupe.ca/air-canada-flight-attendant-union-says-rapid-testing-needed-save-airline-jobs-industry?fbclid=IwAR3lYilLdrgeIYeTAH-e5JrrsBHYDEoG2r4o_OH41RrjyAkEGn0xo2GXHHQ
  13. https://www.cp24.com/news/airline-unions-call-on-ottawa-for-7-billion-in-loans-for-ailing-industry-1.5128550