New federal journey constraints to halt number of remaining flights to Winnipeg from U.S.



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Starting next week, only domestic flights will be allowed to land in Winnipeg due to federal travel restrictions.


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Commencing subsequent 7 days, only domestic flights will be permitted to land in Winnipeg owing to federal travel limitations.

Even less passenger flights will be taking off and landing at the Winnipeg airport as a outcome of federal vacation limits coming into influence subsequent week.

Commencing 10:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 3, all passenger, non-public and charter intercontinental flights, which includes from the U.S., will go through airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal only. Cargo flights are exempt.

Meanwhile, Canada’s major airlines — Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat — have agreed to cancel flights to the Carribean and Mexico right up until the conclude of April.

The federal authorities is also introducing a quarantine rule where international travellers will be swabbed for COVID-19 upon arrival to just one of 4 Canadian airports, then pay back to self-isolate in a govt-approved resort right up until the outcomes occur back again.

“It is really disappointing for Winnipeg, in which we are viewing 4 airports that are heading to see that services and we’re not likely to have that in Winnipeg anymore,” said Tyler MacAfee, Winnipeg Airport Authority vice president of communications and governing administration relations.

“We have lodges listed here in Winnipeg that could absolutely do the similar point that they are undertaking in all those metropolitan areas.”

Delta Air Traces even now serves a flight from Winnipeg to Minneapolis, Minn., but that service will be lower in the coming days, mentioned MacAfee.

The journey limitations intention to lessen importing situations of COVID-19 variants, to start with detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa. The variants are much more transmissible — and potentially extra deadly — than the unique pressure of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

There have already been some instances of COVID-19 variants found out in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. The U.K. variant, also recognized as the B117 variant, could drastically hinder Ontario’s skill to curb the unfold of COVID-19, new modelling implies.

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Manitoba has also closed its borders for the similar explanation. As of Friday, most travellers coming to Manitoba must self-isolate for two weeks.

Passenger traffic plummets at YWG

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly hampered passenger targeted visitors at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Intercontinental Airport.

Passenger website traffic from Oct 2020 to December 2020 dropped by nearly 87 per cent in contrast to the very same stretch in 2019, in accordance to 4th quarter effects unveiled by the Winnipeg Airport Authority Friday.

Visitors final tumble also dipped by 27 per cent in contrast to the past quarter, the launch says.



a large room: Passenger traffic at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport was nearly 87 per cent lower last fall than it was in fall 2019.


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Passenger traffic at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Intercontinental Airport was practically 87 for each cent reduced very last fall than it was in drop 2019.

Cargo website traffic nevertheless, is escalating. Shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine are coming through the Winnipeg airport, but numerous deals are as very well, the release claims.

In the ultimate quarter of 2020, the number of cargo planes landing at the Winnipeg airport elevated by 7.5 for every cent as opposed to the very same period in 2019, the launch states.

Nevertheless the figures have nonetheless to be audited, the airport authority is reporting revenues of $14.4 million final quarter — a regular fall from $33.9 million in similar time interval as 2019.

The airline market, which include the Winnipeg airport, have tried out creating air travel safer for passengers through the pandemic, explained MacAfee, citing mask mandates, stricter cleansing regimens and putting in ultraviolet lights on escalators.

But with even more limitations being carried out to dissuade the general public from travelling, airports require economical aid to remain afloat, he said.

“It is really not as basic as flipping a swap and saying, ‘O.K., now almost everything begin up once more,'” explained MacAfee. “It’s likely to just take time.”

It can also be tough to get flight routes again in service once they are discontinued, he added.

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