MLA asks Nunavut gov’t to weigh in on airline merger
Tununiq MLA Joe Enook says he still has concerns about the possible merger of First Air and Canadian North.
The airlines announced in April that they’re negotiating a merger that would see the two biggest airlines operating in Nunavut become one. An agreement could be in place by the end of the year.
Enook says he is speaking on behalf of many Nunavummiut, who worry the price of plane tickets could go up.
In the legislature yesterday, Enook demanded to know what the government thinks about the proposed merger.
"We will be greatly affected,” Enook told George Kuksuk, minister of Economic Development and Transportation. “Nunavummiut and the government already spend a lot of money on airline travels. Will the minister agree to look at how it's going to affect us and table the results?"
Kuksuk told Enook he's not prepared to voice his views.
The federal Competition Bureau will undertake a review of the proposed merger, to determine whether it would lessen or prevent competition.