Additional communities await return of international air access
(OTTAWA ON, July 19, 2021) Canada’s airports welcomed today’s announcement of new border measures, most notably that fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in U.S. will be permitted into Canada as of August 9th for non-essential travel. Fully vaccinated travellers from other countries will be permitted to enter Canada for non-essential travel effective September 7th.
Airports are also encouraged to see the return of international access for five communities, an end to hotel quarantines, the elimination of temperature screening of travellers and airport workers, randomized arrival testing, and new rules for children under 12.
“The measures announced today will greatly facilitate recovery in air travel to Canada over the coming months, and improve the travel experience. It is a testament to the hard work of Canadians to get vaccinated.” said CAC President Daniel-Robert Gooch. “While the return of direct international air services to the remaining Canadian airports remains to be confirmed, the steps announced today are important to help our battered visitor economy begin to recover.”
The CAC notes that more than 20 additional Canadian communities enjoyed international air service prior to the pandemic and continue to await its return.
“It is very encouraging to see Canada open up to international travellers and Canada’s airports look to engaging with the federal government on the measures announced today and those still required to fully open up Canada,” said Mr. Gooch. “Airports are pleased to see five additional communities gain access to international flights. However, prior to the pandemic, more than 20 more Canadian communities had regular flights to the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico, and are anxious to confirm when international air access will return. Timing is important, as seasonal service to sun destinations typically begins in the fall and Canadians are already planning their winter vacations.”
About the Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council International-North America, is the voice for Canada’s airports community. Its 53 members represent more than 100 airports, including all of the privately operated National Airports System (NAS) airports and many municipal airports.
Canada’s locally managed and not for profit airports are essential community assets. In 2019, they supported 194,000 direct jobs, contributed $19 billion to GDP and $48 billion in direct economic outputs. They also remitted $6.9 billion in taxes to municipal, provincial and federal governments.