7 flights with COVID-19 land at Pearson Airport, including from now restricted hotspots

Published April 24, 2021 at 4:23 pm

The federal government reports 13 new flights with COVID-19 cases recently at Pearson Airport, some of which landed from countries that are now restricted from travelling to Canada.

From April 18 to 22, there were eight domestic flights either departing or landing at Pearson with confirmed cases of the virus.

The other five flights were international and all landed at Pearson from abroad between April 19 and 22.

It was announced on Thursday that the federal government would begin suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month, as cases of COVID-19 surge in both countries.

The flight ban went into effect at 11:30 p.m. on April 22.

At least 122 rows were affected across all 13 flights.

According to the federal government, a row is considered affected if it’s three rows (two rows for business class) 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.

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

Photo courtesy of The Canadian Press

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