The Government of Canada is warning passengers that various Montreal flights have had COVID-19 exposures on planes since the final weeks of March.
Thirty-six total flights going into and out of Montreal have had exposure to the virus since March 22.
According to the Government of Canada website, 15 flights were reported from March 22 to March 31 from Air Canada.
Affected domestic flights are as follows:
When it comes to international flights, 21 were reported to have cases onboard. All of the reported flights are those that have landed in Montreal.
Affected international flights are as follows:
According to the government website, a row is considered “affected” if it is three rows behind or in front of a row (two rows for business class) where a seated person is confirmed to have COVID-19 and was on board the flight during a period when they may have been infectious to others.
If they are reported as unknown, this indicates a row number for the person confirmed to have COVID-19 can’t be validated or the person confirmed to have COVID-19 is a member of the flight crew.
In other circumstances, affected flights may indicate specific rows as well as “unknown” rows. This could occur when at least one case on the flight can’t be connected with a specific row.
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At the beginning of 2021, new travel rules require air travellers bound for Canada to present a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test in order to fly.
All flyers above the age of five are required to take a coronavirus molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before their flight’s scheduled departure. Test results must come back negative with written or electronic proof, and documentation must be presented to airlines before boarding.
If a negative PCR test is not provided, travellers will be denied entry to flights within Canada, unless otherwise exempt.