Air Canada has unveiled its cross-border flight schedule, with fifty five airlines destinations and fifty five roads expected to accommodate 220 daily flights.
Since the opening of the air border with the United States, Canada allows the entry of citizens and permanent residents of the United States who currently reside in the United States and who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their arrival in Canada for non-essential travel, without quarantine at a designated hotel upon arrival. This preliminary step allows the Canadian government to make the adapted border measures fully operational and recognizes the close ties that exist between Canadians and Americans. Part of the restrictions relief measures are the easing of testing requirements allowing Canadians making a short cross-border trip of less than 72 hours to take their pre-entry Covid-19 screening test in Canada.
If the epidemiological situation in the country remains favourable, the government intends to open Canada’s borders to all fully vaccinated travelers who have received the full series of doses of a vaccine accepted by the country at least 14 days before their departure. arrival in Canada, “and who meet the specific entry requirements. Subject to limited exceptions, all travelers must submit travel information through the ArriveCAN app or web portal. If they can enter Canada and meet specific criteria, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
At the same time, Transport Canada has expanded the scope of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) which currently directs international commercial passenger flights to only four Canadian airports (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary): it will be possible to arrive from abroad in Halifax, Quebec, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
The national airline Air Canada immediately published a detailed program of the routes that will be relaunched to the USA, initially departing from the four main airports: Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau (13 destinations including some in early September), Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver and Calgary.
The Star Alliance company’s cross-border services will be provided, among other things, by wide-body aircraft offering Signature Business Class with fully reclining seats, and the Premium Economy cabin on certain routes between Toronto and Los Angeles. Air Canada’s onboard services will resume in early August for transborder flights over two hours, and will gradually offer new Bistro choices for sale in economy class, “including products from Canadian brands and partners, such as of Nomz vegan energy and the dishes created by the famous Montreal chef Jérôme Ferrer.