Under Nunavik’s COVID-19 lockdown, only charter flights travel to the region
All travellers need approval from the regional government
(Updated at 2:15 p.m.)
Nunavik’s lockdown due to COVID-19 continues to mean major changes in how you can travel to the region.
Since April 3, it’s been impossible to fly from Montreal to Kuujjuaq and on to Iqaluit via Canadian North, because the airline cancelled that long-standing route.
Now the airline has announced another major change to the nature of its flights leaving from Montreal for Kuujjuaq: scheduled flights are no longer offered, and only pre-approved passengers can board flights chartered by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services and the Kativik Regional Government.
This move is in response to Nunavik’s travel lockdown order issued on April 2 after the region’s second case of COVID-19 was confirmed, Canadian North said.
This lockdown has ended Air Inuit’s scheduled flights to and around Nunavik.
Canadian North charter flights between Montreal and Kuujjuaq now leave on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Travel between Nunavik and southern Canada is currently restricted to those with medical appointments, health-care workers and other essential workers.
Nunavik’s health board says it may also make humanitarian exemptions for residents who are in the south and want to return home. Requests can be sent to email@example.com.
Those cleared to return to Nunavik will have to self-isolate upon arrival, except for patients at the Ullivik residence in Montreal who self-isolated before their return.
All flights now leave from the Air Inuit FBO Terminal at 6005, boul. de la Côte-Vertu in Montreal.
Canadian North said there are no changes to its Canadian North Cargo drop-off and pickup locations.