May 27, 2021, Travelweek − NACC thanks Alberta govt. for providing clarity, calls on feds to do the same

May 27, 2021

OTTAWA — The National Airlines Council of Canada is applauding Alberta’s reopening plan.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the plan yesterday.  Called ‘Open For Summer’, the plan could see almost all public health measures lifted as early as June 28, when 70% of Albertans aged 12 and over are expected to have received at least one shot.

There would be no restrictions on indoor or outdoor social gatherings, and domestic and international visitors would be welcome.

Kenney suggested Alberta could even be on track to hold signature summer festivals such as the Calgary Stampede.

NACC President and CEO Mike McNaney said: “Canada’s major airlines congratulate the Alberta government on today’s release of the province’s restart strategy entitled ‘Open for Summer’.  The plan provides criteria for the phased re-opening of the economy including welcoming domestic and international visitors.”

“We want to thank the Premier for providing clarity to consumers and industry.  Today’s announcement follows the release yesterday of British Columbia’s restart plan, which also establishes timeframes and metrics for the restart of regional and national travel.”

McNaney finished with a call for transparency from the federal government when it comes to restart plans for international travel.  “We continue to call on the federal government to work with the aviation sector to provide similar clarity concerning the restart of international travel, and how we will address on-going travel restrictions within Canada to achieve domestic consistency,” he said.