Air Canada Welcomes Government of Canada’s Decision to Unmask, Test and Enforce ArriveCan Requirements

Air Canada welcomed the Government of Canada’s decision to lift the latest COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements for wearing masks on board aircraft, testing and quarantine, as well as the mandatory use of ‘ArriveCan starting October 1, 2022.

“Air Canada welcomes the lifting of these restrictions, recognizing that air travel is safe and that the measures were not justified by science. We believe this will make travel much easier, help to continue to stabilize the country’s air transport sector and support the Canadian economy. crew will still have the option to wear masks and we also encourage customers to monitor their own health to ensure they feel well and fit to travel,” said Craig Landry, executive vice president and chief the operation of Air Canada.

“While today’s announcement is a positive step, we urge the government not to lose momentum. Lessons learned during the pandemic should now be applied to streamlining Canada’s air transportation system and implementing further reforms. This includes improving processes, such as airport security and customs, developing new trusted traveler programs, deploying new technologies and, more fundamentally, re-examining the user-pay model that funds air travel in Canada, including weaknesses and interdependencies have been laid bare by COVID.

The easing measures announced today are expected to advance Air Canada’s ongoing recovery from COVID. Working with its partners and industry stakeholders, the airline is returning to pre-pandemic service levels. The airline says this includes significant improvements in on-time performance compared to the start of the summer, significant reductions in delays and cancellations, a daily flight completion factor now above 98%, as well as performance baggage handling that have fully stabilized at pre-pandemic levels.

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