Regional Air Transportation Initiative in British Columbia

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The Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) is a $206 million national initiative that aims to help regional air transportation ecosystems affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. It will support regional and local air carriers and airports that are critical regional transportation hubs or fill essential service gaps in British Columbia. This support will enable the air transportation system across British Columbia to remain operational through these difficult times and continue to support the economic growth of our communities.

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How and when to apply

Eligible applicants

Eligible activities could include

Note that activities that will not be supported under the RATI include compensation for revenue losses, refinancing of an existing debt, the purchase of an airplane, and airplane fuel.

Contact us

Contact us to know if your organization could be eligible or for any other questions on this initiative. We will be able to give you information and advice, while taking into consideration priorities for action in your region and the availability of funds.

Additional context

This 2-year national initiative is being delivered by Canada’s 7 regional development agencies (RDAs). The RATI is in addition to the measures in Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and complements measures implemented by Transport Canada to support the air transportation sector.

The objective of the initiative is to contribute to the economic development of a community through the maintenance, restoration or addition of regional air service, and the increase in air passenger volumes.

Headshot image of Mike Atkins CEO of Comox Valley Airport next to his quote that reads The Regional Air Transportation Initiative funding has allowed us to enhance  the seating area within the existing infrastructure providing the necessary  space to make the satellite service viable. Our new café owners jumped at the opportunity to expand their service to outbound passengers, and we couldn’t  be more pleased to see travellers better served by this new option.

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