Canadian Airlines Are Suspending Flights To 'Sun Destinations' Out Of Quebec
In collaboration with the federal government, Canada's major airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to "sun destinations" after countless requests from Premier François Legault to tighten travel restrictions in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat will "cancel air service" to all Caribbean destinations and Mexico starting on Sunday, January 31 until April 30.
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These airlines, he said, are coordinating with customers currently in those destinations to return to Canada.
Incoming international passenger flights will also be limited to four airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
The prime minister announced numerous travel restrictions on Friday, including mandatory testing and mandatory hotel stays for travellers returning to Canada. He said these measures would take effect "as soon as possible."
These international travellers will have to pay for the hotel stay themselves while they wait for their test results. Trudeau said it could cost them more than $2,000.
He also promised "significantly increased surveillance and enforcement" of quarantine rules once these travellers return home.
"By putting in place these tough measures now, we can look forward to a better time when we can all plan those vacations," said the prime minister.