Flight Updates

All passengers boarding international flights to Canada will have their temperatures checked at their departing airports.

Screening for passengers on domestic flights and for those travelling from Canada to other countries will be in place at the country's four largest airports by the end of July, followed by the next 11 largest airports by the end of September.

Screening will be conducted at security checkpoints by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority staff. If a first check finds a would-be traveler has a fever, his or her temperature will be taken again in 10 minutes. Anyone found with a fever in both checks will not be allowed to fly unless they have a medical document providing a rationale.

 

Passengers prevented from boarding will have the opportunity to re book their flights at no extra cost — as long as the re booked flight departs at least 14 days later.Transport Minister.

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 What You Need to Know Before You FLY DURING COVID19

It’s reasonable to assume that most of us don’t take advice from those without experience. Thankfully if you’re looking to travel during Covid-19, you don’t have to fret because there are plenty of advisors who “have been there and done that” recently and are willing to share all they’ve learned.

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“Canadians can travel with peace of mind,” says Sunwing’s Dr. Nord

“I had the pleasure of travelling with Sunwing from Toronto to Cancun this weekend,” said Dr. Nord. “The journey was seamless from check-in and boarding to the flight and resort arrival.

The high Canadian standards that Sunwing has implemented are evident through every step of the vacation journey.

I can confidently say that, with the Safe with Sunwing commitment in place, Canadians can travel with peace of mind.”

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New requirements for traveller's entering Canada; possible $1,000 fine for not following rules

The Government of Canada announced new requirements on Monday (Nov. 2) for travellers arriving in Canada.

These new requirements are in addition to the requirement to provide specific information before and after entering Canada - including a quarantine plan and contact and travel information.

IATF allows outbound non-essential travel starting October 21

"Outbound Filipino travelers shall likewise follow the Guidelines of the National Task Force (NTF) for returning overseas Filipinos," the statement further read. 

 

The resolution also ammended guidelines on domestic air travel, revising the time period required between a negative RT-PCR test result and travel to Boracay Island which reopened to tourists this month. "The Test-Before-Travel requirement now stands not earlier than 72 hours prior to the date of travel," a more lenient adjustment compared to the prior 48 hour requirement.

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Aircraft airflow systems limit spread of COVID-19: new research

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is continuing to demonstrate that the risk of passengers contracting COVID-19 on a plane is low. 

The association has kept a running tally of published cases from the outset of the pandemic. 

 

Since the start of 2020, there have been 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in which transmission is thought to have been associated with a flight journey (inclusive of confirmed, probable and potential cases). Over the same period some 1.2 billion passengers have travelled.

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Sunwing’s 2020-2021 winter sun program set to start Nov. 6 2020

TORONTO — Sunwing has announced it will resume flights on Nov. 6, 2020 with departures to Mexico, Jamaica, the D.R. and Costa Rica.​

 

Here’s a look at the Toronto schedule:

  • Toronto departures to Punta Cana on Fridays and Sundays starting Nov. 6

  • Toronto departures to Cancun on Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 7

  • Toronto departures to Montego Bay on Fridays and Saturdays  starting Nov. 6

  • Toronto departures to Liberia, Costa Rica on Mondays starting Nov. 30

And here’s the schedule from Montreal:

  • Montreal departures to Punta Cana on Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 6 – Dec. 5

  • Montreal departures to Cancun on Fridays and Sundays Nov. 6 – Dec. 6

  • Montreal departures to Montego Bay on Saturdays Nov. 7 – Dec. 5

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Singapore Airlines Has Converted a Parked A380 Plane Into a Restaurant

As the pandemic stretches on and many planes remain grounded, one thing is becoming clear: People really miss flying. Flights to nowhere, in which planes take off and land at the same airport, are consistently selling out, and even just listening to airline boarding music has been a comfort to some formerly frequent fliers.

Now Singapore Airlines is giving would-be passengers another opportunity to recreate the air travel experience. For two days in October the carrier is converting one of its grounded Airbus A380 planes into a pop-up restaurant at Singapore's Changi airport.

ACV’s Toronto flights to Cuba re-start Sept. 26

ACV’s Toronto flights to Cuba re-start Sept. 26

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TORONTO — ACV’s return to Cuba gets another gateway this weekend with the tour operator’s first post-pandemic flight from Toronto to Cayo Coco.

ACV began flying between Montreal and Cayo Coco earlier this month. The Toronto flights are scheduled to start Sept. 26.

“The first flight out of Toronto will take place this Saturday, September 26, 2020 and we cannot be happier,” says Lessner Gomez, Director of The Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto.

IATA calls for systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers

GENEVA — IATA is calling for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity.

IATA says it will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to implement this solution quickly.

IATA notes that international travel is 92% down compared to 2019 levels.

WestJet, Vancouver airport launch pilot project to test passengers for COVID 19

WestJet passengers in Vancouver may soon be taking COVID-19 tests before takeoff.

WestJet Airlines Ltd. and Vancouver International Airport announced on Friday plans for a pilot project to test passengers for the coronavirus on some departing flights, the latest move in a broader push by carriers to show they are serious about combatting viral spread as they try to coax Canadians back to the skies.

The pilot, slated for this fall, will share data with government and health authorities and incorporate academics “to marry our expertise in passenger movements to science,” WestJet CEO Ed Sims said in a blog post co-authored by Vancouver Airport Authority CEO Tamara Vrooman.

Will Toilet Access On Board Be Limited?

New guidance issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation says passengers should have restricted access to toilets as airlines start to relaunch flights.

One toilet should be set aside for crew and passengers should use a designated WC based on their seat number, said the UN body.


Ryanair has already said that it will ban queuing for toilets, with passengers forced to ask crew for permission to use the lavatory.

Food and drink services should also be suspended or limited on short-haul flights or sold in pre-sealed packs, said ICAO.

Duty-free sales should be temporarily limited as part of the wide-ranging coronavirus safety recommendations, it added.


 

New Airport Covid 19 Procedures.

All passengers boarding international flights to Canada will have their temperatures checked at their departing airports.

Screening for passengers on domestic flights and for those travelling from Canada to other countries will be in place at the country's four largest airports by the end of July, followed by the next 11 largest airports by the end of September.

Screening will be conducted at security checkpoints by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority staff. If a first check finds a would-be traveler has a fever, his or her temperature will be taken again in 10 minutes. Anyone found with a fever in both checks will not be allowed to fly unless they have a medical document providing a rationale.

 

Passengers prevented from boarding will have the opportunity to re book their flights at no extra cost — as long as the re booked flight departs at least 14 days later.Transport Minister

How Clean Is the Air on Planes?

How Clean Is the Air on Planes?

Millions of travelers are understandably concerned about flying in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the paramount issues is determining if the air on planes hastens the spread of infection.

The Centres for Disease Control is blunt about flying during the age of the coronavirus. “Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19,” says a page for travelers on the CDC's website.

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