Thursday, July 2, 2020

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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