Airlines Want Quick Action On Rapid Testing

Canada’s major airlines are continuing to urge federal and provincial governments to move quickly on rapid airport testing initiatives.

The National Airlines Council of Canada noted that it has been encouraged to hear that the federal government is working with Ontario and Quebec on potential testing programs similar to that which was launched in Alberta at Calgary International Airport, which used science-based approach to implement safe alternative to current blanket quarantine measures.

And the industry association makes it clear that Canada’s airlines fully support this on-going engagement, and urge all governments to move quickly.

NACC points out that since March the country’s airline industry has invested millions of dollars in new procedures and safety measures to address the pandemic and ensure safety of travel.  It has also led the development and launch of COVID-19 testing projects in Canada.

And it observes that it’s clear that testing will be critical to the continued safe restart of aviation, and to supporting Canada’s eventual economic recovery in communities large and small across the country.

Mike McNaney, president and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada, said: “We will continue to take every effort possible to work with governments across Canada, to drive the roll out of rapid testing programs as part of a continuous and layered approach to protecting employee, passenger, and public health during the pandemic and to safely re-open the sector.”

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