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WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet announced plans to launch new service between Calgary and London.
Flights would begin next spring.
“This is an important recovery milestone as we forge new connections between Canada and one of the world’s most sought after global hubs,” said the airline’s chief commercial officer, John Weatherill.
The low-cost Canadian carrier did not disclose the planned frequency of the service or any departure or arrival times in its announcement.
WestJet will operate the flights …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 18: Fauci Recommends Booster Shots to Avoid Winter ‘Double Whammy’

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 18: Fauci Recommends Booster Shots to Avoid Winter ‘Double Whammy’

The United States is heading towards a winter “double whammy” that could be avoided if a sufficient number of people get a third or booster vaccination against the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s infectious disease Czar, said Wednesday.
In an interview at the 2021 Stat Summit, Fauci warned that the waning immunity of the vaccinated combined with the force of the highly transmissible delta variant could cause medical health issues …

New Low Cost Carrier Lynx Air Prepares for Takeoff in Canada

New Low Cost Carrier Lynx Air Prepares for Takeoff in Canada

A new airline launched in Canada on Tuesday promising “ultra-affordable” flights making air travel “accessible to all.”
Lynx Air, founded in 2006 as a charter airline, announced plans to offer scheduled service starting in 2022.
The airline’s CEO, Merren McArthur, said at a news conference in Calgary that the carrier’s model is similar to what is available in Europe and the United States, offering both flexibility and choice.
“We want to be an …

Canada’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy for Air and Rail Travel Goes Into Effect Saturday

Canada’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy for Air and Rail Travel Goes Into Effect Saturday

Canada’s strict vaccination policy covering airlines, airports, railways, and terminals went into effect Saturday.
The policy applies to passengers and staff on all federally-regulated modes of transportation.
The measure, which took effect on October 30 at 3 a.m., impacts all Air Canada and WestJet passengers, travelers on Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and all cruise ship passengers 12 years of age or older. It also applies to airline and airport employees including …

U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors at Canada, Mexico Border Crossings

U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors at Canada, Mexico Border Crossings

U.S. officials announced plans to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico starting in early November.
The move will end the curbs that have been in place for non-essential travel since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
The news was announced by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who said in a statement that the administration “will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who …

Canada Announces Vaccine Mandate for Air and Rail Travel

Canada Announces Vaccine Mandate for Air and Rail Travel

Canadian officials announced that almost all passengers traveling by air, rail, or ship would be required to be fully vaccinated by fall.
The vaccination requirement “includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on inter-provincial trains and passengers on large marine vessels with overnight accommodations such as cruise ships,” said the country’s transport minister, Omar Alghabra, at a virtual press conference Friday.
The government will also mandate the vaccination of all federal employees by …

Canada Reopens Its Borders to Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers

Canada Reopens Its Borders to Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers

For the first time since the early days of the pandemic, Canada reopened its borders on Monday to non-essential travel by U.S. citizens who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The move came 17 months after authorities first closed the 5,500-mile (8,851-kilometer) border to virtually all travelers in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Fully vaccinated visitors from other countries will likely be admitted starting September 7, officials in Canada …