We Need A Plan Now: NACC

Following the European Union Council’s announcement that it will recommend that restrictions on travel be adjusted, including enabling fully vaccinated travellers to enter the EU, Canada’s major air carriers are repeating their call for the federal government to move forward with the development of a clear re-start plan for aviation and the treatment of vaccinated passengers.

Mike McNaney, president and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada, said that the “announcement in Europe demonstrates that the EU continues to take a science-based approach to the development of its aviation and travel re-start policy.”

McNaney continued: “This is in-keeping with a growing number of countries that are announcing plans to remove or adjust travel restrictions for vaccinated passengers. We need a similar and clear plan from the federal government outlining our path forward as vaccination rollout in Canada continues to aggressively move forward.”

With vaccination rates continuing to climb globally, countries are announcing plans for the safe restart of their travel and tourism sectors, drawing on analysis provided by the European Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the US Centres for Disease Control.

And that includes eliminating quarantine for international vaccinated passengers and utilizing a variety of testing options to reduce quarantine for international non-vaccinated.

NACC notes, however, that in Canada, the federal government has provided only general guidance on what future policy changes may occur as vaccination rates expand.

Said McNaney: “Yesterday the National Airlines Council joined with over 60 other industry organizations in writing to the Prime Minister on the urgent need for Canada to move forward with a restart plan for the overall economy and for the travel sector.”

He also pointed out that: “Countries that successfully plan will not only safely restart aviation and their overall economy, they will take jobs and investment from countries that do not.  We must get moving now on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians in every region of the country whose livelihoods depend on travel and tourism.”

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