Saskatchewan airports expect increase in travel as testing requirement drops |

Vaccinated travelers coming to Canada have one less obstacle to jump.

The federal government lifted the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry on Friday for travelers to Canada who are vaccinated.

The Canada Border Service Agency says there may still be random PCR tests at airports for all travelers, but passengers are not required to isolate themselves while waiting for results.

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Vaccinated travelers no longer need a covid-19 test prior to entry to enter Canada

Saskatoon and Regina airports both say that this is a big step on the journey towards recovery for the travel industry.

Regina Airport Authority customer experience manager Justin Reves said the test requirements limited opportunities for people to travel here.

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“You take the risk that if for some reason you tested positive for covid, either because you had actively covid or perhaps had it before and had not had it with a test before, you would have been stuck in another country for another 10 days. , says Reves.

Reves said the move will also help individuals and families cut travel costs.

“When you think of a family of five and you have to get five molecular tests, or .. fast antigen tests. It can be a lot of extra costs,” says Reves.

Regina’s airport sees half the number of pre-pandemic passengers, but Reves said the future looks positive, with airlines reporting that many seats have been booked.

“When we look at the summer and as we approach, the airlines have been able to adapt. We see about 90 percent of our pre-pandemic sites on the market, which means we will have lots of great alternatives, says Reves.

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Skyxe in Saskatoon also sees about half the number of air passengers they would normally see in a year without COVID.

Skyxes Operational Excellence Vice President Andrew Leeming said there is plenty of capacity available on Saskatoon flights and therefore many opportunities for people to travel.

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“We expect a significant increase over the summer and this is reflected in the number of flights entering the market and to Saskatoon,” said Leeming.

Leeming said the federal government, by lifting the requirement for tests before entry, removes some of the uncertainty surrounding travel.

“I think it really opens up the possibilities for people who are considering traveling,” Leeming said.

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The Covid test requirements were officially repealed for most travelers flying to Canada

The Covid test requirements were officially repealed for most travelers flying to Canada

Abolishing the test restriction is also welcome news for border towns.

Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig said it was a positive development.

“It’s amazing to see our American neighbors come back up again, and slowly but surely things can return to normal,” Ludwig said.

– with files from Global News Twinkle Ghosh

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