Three Air Transat employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the company has confirmed to Daily Hive.
“To the best of my knowledge, we have presently two flight attendants and one pilot who have been tested positive for COVID-19. It is not possible to know the contamination source with certainty,” a spokesperson said.
“It might be on board, during a layover, or in Canada.”
The spokesperson told Daily Hive that as of Thursday, Air Transat has 150 flight attendants and 10 pilots in quarantine. While those numbers may sound high, they have actually been going down.
“We have had up to 300 [flight attendants] in quarantine. Those end when suspected cases turn out negative. When a case is suspected with a client, all the flight attendants on the flight are put in quarantine.”
The spokesperson said that in most cases, quarantine is called for due to possible exposure on board, but there are other causes, including when individuals return from vacation.
Also, they noted that the airline is strictly following public health agency instructions, including questioning passengers and disinfecting aircraft.
“We are immensely grateful to our crews, who are exposed on a daily basis while doing their job to bring Canadians and Europeans home. Their dedication and selflessness are exemplary,” the spokesperson said.
“I also want to acknowledge our teams in charge of planning, whose job is becoming very complex.”
All Air Transit flights are suspended from April 1.