Canada: random Covid tests at airports suspended

The Canadian government announced on Friday that it was suspending random Covid testing at airports until the end of June. The measure was taken with a view to reducing chronic delays for travellers. Testing will be suspended on Saturday. The government statement says testing will resume “off-site” on July 1.

“We continue to work with airports, airlines, baggage handlers and other partners to implement solutions to reduce delays as the peak summer season approaches,” he said.

Many aviation officials have expressed dissatisfaction in recent weeks with the tests. They said the tests made airport wait times worse.

In Toronto, as in Montreal, it takes several hours for passengers to leave the airport. A nationwide labor shortage has recently worsened and is affecting all sectors.

Many passengers have taken to social media in recent days to complain of being stuck in their planes after landing before being allowed to disembark, but also long queues when checking in for their planes. luggage.

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The country’s main airline, Air Canada, has admitted to being affected by these problems.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told media that “prolonged security and customs delays” had recently forced airlines to cancel some flights.

The government has promised to continue hiring screeners at airports. Friday’s statement said 865 people have joined the ranks of air transport security since April.

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