More coronavirus cases identified on YVR flights in June

Jul 6 2020, 11:35 am

Additional flights over the month of June have been identified with passengers diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Government of Canada.

Earlier in June, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) identified six flights at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) that had passengers who had contracted virus. Two additional flights, one domestic and one international, have since been confirmed on the Government of Canada website.

The additional flights are as follows:

Airline Flight Type Flight Number Date Origin Destination Affected Seats
Air Canada Domestic AC428 June 21 Toronto Vancouver 20 to 26
Aeromexico International AMX696 June 25 Mexico City Vancouver n/a

The BCCDC also identified the following six flights as having infected passengers:

Airline Flight Type Flight Number Date Origin Destination  Affected Seats
WestJet Domestic 166 June 3 Vancouver Edmonton n/a
WestJet Domestic 130 June 11 Vancouver Calgary n/a
Air Canada Domestic 217 June 16 Saskatoon Vancouver n/a
Flair Domestic 8102 June 21 Toronto Vancouver n/a
Delta International 3898 June 3 Seattle Vancouver n/a
Air Canada International 557 June 18 Los Angeles Vancouver  n/a

Earlier this year, it was made mandatory that any passenger arriving in British Columbia from outside of Canada self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for two weeks. They were also required to complete and register a self-isolation plan.

The BCCDC says on its website that passengers would no longer be contacted directly if they sat near a confirmed case. Rather, updates are now posted on the BCCDC and Government of Canada website.

“We recommend that flight passengers self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the flight,” says the health authority.

Last week, BC health officials spoke about their concerns surrounding the relaxation of physical distancing measures on airplanes.

Specifically, companies such as WestJet and Air Canada have ended a policy that blocked the purchase of middle seats on aircraft to promote physical distancing.

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