As for the northern area, I am rather familiar with the telecommunications and heritage issues. However, a new approach and new solutions are emerging. I am thinking for instance of new satellite orbits that may improve communications and access to broadband Internet service, both upward and downward.
For someone who is not extremely familiar with aviation in the north, what is it that makes it so expensive, and why is profitability so difficult to achieve? I assume it is the low volume.
I am bringing this up because in my riding, one of the main users of the Saint-Hubert Airport, Pascan Inc., made some very energetic efforts in this area. The company decided to purchase equipment in order to be able to meet the eventual Plan Nord demand, as well as to prepare for changes in government and the issues affecting the natural resources market. Today this business is struggling with a very difficult financial situation.
What is the main challenge for these carriers?