July 2 Update: Canada makes the EU’s shortlist for approved visitors, Alaska Airlines will issue Yellow Cards for not wearing masks & Air Canada cuts 30 routes and 8 cities in Canada

Last week we let you know that the EU was getting ready to release a
list stating which countries they were planning on allowing visitors
from and Canada was rumored to be on that list. Confirmation came out
earlier this week that indeed Canada is on the approved list of
countries that meets the European Union’s criteria for being consider
safe. That being said it is still up to each individual country in the
European Union as to whether or not they will allow Canadians to visit
and pretty much all of them are still closed to travellers from Canada.
(Source National Post)

If you do end up travelling outside of Canada you do have to keep in mind that when you return you will
have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. That rule was recently
extended to August 31 along with the extension of the Canadian border
being closed to most non-essential foreign travellers until July 31.
(Source CBC)

And on the travelling front Alaska Airlines is
taking an interesting step in safety on their planes. They have
announced heightened enforcement of mask wearing on their flights by
having flight attendants issues Yellow Cards to those who repeatedly
refuse to wear a face mask or covering.

With that warning – in the form of a yellow card handed to them
– the guest’s travel will be reviewed and could be suspended for a
period. It’s a decision that would not be made lightly.”

 The yellow card is the final
warning that will be issued to the traveller at which point if they
don’t comply they could face a suspension from being able to fly on
Alaska Airlines. (Source Alaska Airlines)

Airline Schedule Updates

This will now be a standard feature in our daily update posts as we
summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline and other
sources. Remember that many of these route plans are subject to change
and right now they are changing frequently!

Air Canada announced on Tuesday that will
discontinue service on 30 routes within Canada and stop serving 8
smaller Canadian cities as part of a cost reduction program. The cities
they will no longer serve are Bathurst (New Brunswick) Wabush
(Newfoundland and Labrador) Gaspé (Quebec) Baie Comeau (Quebec)
Mont Joli (Quebec) Val d’Or (Quebec) Kingston (Ontario)
and North Bay (Ontario). The 30 discontinued routes are seen in
provinces from Saskatchewan eastward to the Maritimes. (Source Air Canada)

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