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Eight additional Canadian airports will begin accepting international flights

  • Air
  •   11-02-2021  10:51 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Eight additional Canadian airports will begin accepting international flights
Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra speaks to media at Waterloo International Airport on Nov. 2, 2021. (CPAC)
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Eight more Canadian airports will reopen for international flights this month, Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced on Tuesday (Nov. 2). 

Speaking to journalists at Waterloo International Airport – one of the eight facilities that will resume international operations – Alghabra cited Canada’s increased vaccination rate as a main reason for the reopening.

“Increased vaccination levels have allowed us to safely re-open these additional Canadian airports to international passenger flights. This measure will help ensure that travellers are able to access more regional airports for their international travels this winter, while continuing to support the Government of Canada’s measured approach to re-opening our border,” Minister Alghabra said in a statement. 


Effective on Nov. 30, 2021, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at the following additional Canadian airports:

  • St. John’s International
  • John C. Munro Hamilton International
  • Region of Waterloo International
  • Regina International
  • Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International
  • Kelowna International
  • Abbotsford International
  • Victoria International

These airports, in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada, are working to implement “the measures necessary” to start safely welcoming international passengers, the Government of Canada states on its website.

Consideration will be given to adding additional airports as conditions dictate, based on demand, operational capacity, the epidemiological situation in Canada, and recommendations from the PHAC, the federal government said.

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The 10 Canadian airports currently accepting international flights are: Halifax Stanfield International, Québec City Jean Lesage International, Montréal-Trudeau International, Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International, Toronto Pearson International, Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International, Edmonton International, Calgary International, and Vancouver International.

The strict vaccine travel requirements that will be fully phased in by Nov. 30, and the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential now available for travel, are “creating opportunities for safe travel for vaccinated Canadians,” Transport Canada said in a statement.

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