Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Tuesday that eight more airports across Canada will open to international travel at the end of November.
“Opening these airports to international travel is another step forward in rebuilding and reopening our travel system,” Alghabra told reporters.
“I’m pleased that increased vaccination levels have allowed us to safely reopen these additional Canadian airports to international passenger flights.”
“This move will help ensure travellers are able to access more regional airports for their international travels this winter while continuing to support our government’s measured approach to reopening our borders,” the transport minister told reporters said at the Waterloo International Airport in Breslau, Ont.
In a press release issued Tuesday, Transport Canada said the government’s “strict vaccine travel requirements” that will be fully phased in by Nov. 30, and the issuing of a pan-Canadian proof of vaccination passport, have created “opportunities for safe travel for vaccinated Canadians.”
As a next step in increasing travel opportunities, Transport Canada is easing the restriction on international flight arrivals. The department is expanding the scope of the existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that currently directs international passenger flights into 10 Canadian airports.
Effective on November 30, 2021, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at the following additional Canadian airports:
– St. John’s International
– John C. Munro Hamilton International
– Region of Waterloo International
– Regina International
– Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International
– Kelowna International
– Abbotsford International
– Victoria International
These airports, in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada, are working to implement the measures necessary to start safely welcoming international passengers as of November 30.
Consideration will be given to adding additional airports as conditions dictate, based on demand, operational capacity, the epidemiological situation in Canada, and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada.