25 more flights with COVID-19 cases land at Pearson Airport

Published March 3, 2021 at 4:57 pm

28 more flights with confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported at Pearson Airport in Mississauga recently, of which 25 flights landed and three departed.

Four of the flights were domestic (within Canada), landing at or departing the airport on February 25 and 26.

The rest of the flights were international, and all but one of the international flights landed at Pearson between February 24 and 28. One international flight departed the airport on February 26.

A number of rows were affected on each flight.

According to the federal government, a row is considered affected if it’s three rows behind or in front of a row where a seated person is confirmed to have COVID-19 “during a period when they may have been infectious to others.”

Passengers who were sitting in the affected rows (or all passengers on the flight if rows aren’t specified) are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and contact public health if they start showing symptoms of the virus.

From February 1 to February 21, police say they issued a total of 49 fines for travellers refusing the mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport.

While travellers are reminded to quarantine for 14 days after returning to Canada from abroad, recent information suggests some travellers are simply walking out of the airport and refusing to take the mandatory COVID-19 test or quarantine at a hotel upon arrival, opting for the $750 fine that is cheaper than the quarantine cost.

All flight data is listed on the federal government’s website.

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