The COVID-19 pandemic has so far cost Sault Ste. Marie Airport more than $3.3 million, Ward 3 Coun. Matthew Shoemaker says.
“It has dropped from 214,000 passengers last year to less than 65,000 this year,” said Shoemaker, indicating the statistics were provided to him by airport officials.
“Recovery is not expected to hit the levels they were at in 2019 until 2024. They’re looking at four more years of decreased revenue.”
“As a result of the cutbacks from their loss of revenue, they have reduced their staffing levels 45 per cent or 8.5 full-time positions.”
“It is a resource we need in order to be able to connect to the world outside, not just our municipal borders but also outside our national borders.”
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