The AUD$198-million Regional Air Network Assistance Package brings the governmental Covid-19 response for the aviation industry to a total of $1 billion.
Michael Cormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, said: “This package guarantees core routes for domestic air freight will remain open and essential workers remain employed, while providing vital financial support for airlines servicing regional and remote locations. More than 100 regional and remote airports received a scheduled passenger service last month and this funding will be welcome news for the aviation workforce and the broader communities these services support.”
Airlines, contracted aeromedical providers and other essential service providers in aviation can apply for the package until 30 September 2020 if they can prove a need.
The Australian Government recognizes all areas of the aviation industry are feeling the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis. Altogether, it has now committed to more than $1 billion in supporting the sector.
“I am speaking with industry executives and representatives daily, making sure they’re receiving the support they need and listening to what else may be required as the Covid-19 pandemic deepens”, said Cormack. “Everything we are doing as a Government in response to Covid-19 is focused on saving lives and livelihoods.”