Canada’s two largest airlines, Air Canada and subsidiary WestJet have welcomed a new plan from Transport Canada to navigate Covid-19 and re-launch the aviation sector. The announcement was also supported by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Vancouver Airport Authority. The carriers also said that the document is an endorsement of biosafety programs.
Flight plan states the best practices to protect air travelers along with the framework to restart the aviation sector
The Flight plan states internationally proven best practices to protect air travelers at all stages of their journey and it also provides the framework to restart the aviation sector in Canada. It includes measures like health checks, face coverings, cleaning protocols, and touchless technology, which are in effect at Air Canada, WestJet, YVR, and Toronto-Pearson.
The Chief Executive of Air Canada, Calin Rovinescu, stated: “By aligning the Canadian aviation sector with best international practices for customer health and safety, the government of Canada has now established the necessary science-based preconditions that assure customers of the highest levels of safety for air travel and for reopening Canadian aviation across provinces and to the world.”
Further, he mentioned: “Our Air Canada CleanCare+ program encompasses the measures recommended in Flight Plan and, as part of our evolving layered approach to biosafety, we remain committed to working with governments and other stakeholders to continue strengthening biosafety for all travelers.
“This is an important step to enabling business and the economy to safely restart alongside Covid-19, particularly the airline industry, which is a key economic driver.”