Canadian North changes schedule following new COVID-19 measures
“We’re working with the GN to look at all scenarios we will support as required”
Canadian North has made more adjustments to its scheduled services on routes to Arctic communities due to the intensifying COVID-19 pandemic and new public health measures.
A second schedule change went into effect on Monday, March 23, altering a new schedule announced on March 18.
The change was prompted by the Government of the Northwest Territories’ decision on Saturday, March 21, to prohibit all travel to the N.W.T., with limited exceptions.
Then, on Monday, March 23, the Government of Nunavut moved to isolate the territory.
Residents will now have to provide proof of residency to be allowed to fly into Nunavut, the GN said on March 23.
And prior to boarding a plane into the territory, travellers will undergo a mandatory 14-day isolation period in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife.
At the end of the 14 days, asymptomatic residents will be cleared and able to return to their home community. This also applies to medical travel patients.
As a result, passengers on Canadian North jets are likely to see additional screening questions before boarding, only days after the initial screening measures were announced by the carrier.
“We’re working with the GN to look at all scenarios we will support as required,” said Dan Valin, Canadian North’s manager of marketing and communication.
Canadian North’s new schedule is supposed to remain in effect until April 20.
- Four times a week service on trunk routes (Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Yellowknife and Inuvik)
- Three times a week service on community routes
- Twice a week service for trans-territorial flights from Iqaluit-Rankin Inlet-Yellowknife.
- Twice a week service to Grise Fiord and Ulukhaktok.
Calm Air has also trimmed its schedule for flights in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region and may announce further changes, the company said on Monday, March 23.