The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) says it welcomes the recent move by the United Kingdom to significantly reduce the quarantine time for air passengers. Starting 15DEC, international passengers will need to quarantine for just five days if they receive a negative COVID-19 test.
“We are encouraged by the U.K. government’s decision to follow a science-based approach and reduce quarantine measures following testing. This is an important step in furthering the safe re-start of aviation and travel, and we will continue to work with the Canadian government to push for a clear and effective testing regime so that we can in turn address Canadian quarantine and travel restrictions,” said Mike McNaney, president and CEO of the NACC.
A 14-day quarantine is still mandatory for international air passengers arriving in Canada, a policy that has been unchanged since the start of the pandemic.
The NACC forecasts the country's travel restrictions will reduce Canada's GDP by $27 billion to $37 billion, and impact 400,000 to 500,000 jobs.
“We are committed to working with the federal government, as well as provincial authorities, to ensure the continued safe-restart of aviation. Testing will be a key component as governments around the world begin to adapt their quarantine and travel policies as a result of testing. We need to ensure Canadian policy is aligned with international best practices,” concluded McNaney.
Over the past several months Air Canada and WestJet, in conjunction with airport partners, have launched testing programs at YYZ, YYC and YVR in the hopes the government will take a “science-based" approach when it comes to quarantine measures, similar to what the British government has done.
The NACC represents Canada’s largest air carriers, including Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet.
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