Omar Alghabra made his first appearance at the Commons Transport Committee and was grilled about his approach to aviation during COVID-19.
Executives at Pearson International forecast lower passenger numbers this year than the abysmal numbers posted in 2020.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ratcheting up the pressure on the aviation industry, advising Canadians to avoid domestic travel.
Pre-flight COVID testing within 72 hours of departure is now in effect for all international passengers bound for Canada.
Transport Canada has validated training and software modifications, clearing the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to service.
Travellers who have a fever will be denied boarding and told to wait two weeks before the can fly again, according to government orders issued Friday.