Sunday, 24 January, 2021


Canada's second largest airline cuts jobs and flights

Dublin Airport ROI to ask British travellers for negative Covid test
Patty Aguilar | 10 January, 2021, 08:20

New rules that require passengers returning from overseas to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results will prevent the virus from bleeding across borders, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said.

I brought those concerns to the government and asked for action in my November 4 letter to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, appealing for a strategy to resume safe air travel in Canada. Travellers departing from the Caribbean or South America can use tests conducted within 96 hours of departure (instead of 72 hours) until January 14, 2021.

These measures are aimed at all people aged 5 and over.

Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Tuesday that the government will be "bringing in measures to ensure that we test people coming into this country and prevent the virus from being readmitted".

About 180 more federal public health officers have also been posted to points of entry across the country, he said. However, we still urge Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada. This new interim order will help protect Canadians and air travellers.

"A lot of Canadians are making sacrifices right now".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed frustration earlier this week about Canadian politicians who were failing to lead by example, and ignore the request not to travel internationally.

Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne said that the COVID-19 situation continues to be unpredictable and is rapidly changing its nature.

His announcement comes as a devastated airline sector continues to bleed cash following a collapse in demand caused by the pandemic.

The leaders of the major air carriers in the country had asked the Trudeau government to postpone until January 18 the entry into force of these new health measures imposed on Canadian travelers returning home after a stay overseas.

WestJet blamed the Liberal's new pre-flight COVID-19 testing requirement for the current cliff-fall drop in business.

"We're very concerned about the confusion that's going to occur and the disjointedness of implementation that's going occur".

A handful of Canadians were reportedly denied boarding on the first flights from Cuba and Mexico since the rule came into effect.

"These new measures do not replace any of the previous measures we have put in place to protect Canadians".

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the new measures will be to "prevent the spread of Covid-19 across the United Kingdom border".

Air Canada and WestJet declined to comment on federal aid talks.

WestJet, which was bought by Onex Corp.in 2019, joined Air Canada, Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines said, along with the National Airlines Council of Canada and the International Air Transportation Association, in unsuccessfully asking Ottawa for an 11-day extension to implement the new rules.

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