COVID-19: Regina International Airport Reacts to Federal Government General Travel Advisory – Regina | The Canadian News

On Wednesday afternoon, Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced that the federal government is reinstating the travel advisory against all non-essential travel.

And considering the ups and downs the travel industry has been through since the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the news was a hit to the stomach for some staff at Regina International Airport.

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“I think it’s a bit deflating,” said Regina Airport Authority customer service manager Justin Reves. “Especially when they took this away from us a few weeks ago and everyone was excited again. We had our international status returning and sending our first international flights just a few days ago.

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“Now it’s difficult and it’s going to be difficult for a lot of people to make decisions about what to do with their plans, and you know how important hot vacations are, especially in a place like Saskatchewan, and especially with most of them last year. being canceled, ”he said.

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The uncertainty surrounding the Omicron COVID-19 variant has led to a rapid escalation of new travel restrictions.

Saskatoon Airport President and CEO Stephen Maybury also weighed in on the new advisory: “While this federal announcement to reinstate the travel advisory against all non-essential international travel will inevitably hamper the recovery of the aviation and travel industry “We support the federal government in its decision to do what is best for Canadians. We continue to do our part by being flexible and adapting to rapidly changing travel arrangements to get Canadians safely where they need to go,” he said.

The new restrictions are also especially harsh on airlines that fly primarily to hot international destinations.

“Something like the Omicron variant, we know is going to have an impact, especially for companies like Sunwing, who fly from here and take almost every hot holiday to international destinations. That is devastating for them, ”Reves said.

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Reves went on to say that the travel industry has been hit hard in recent years, so this will feel like a setback for many operators in many places.

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