WestJet urges government to encourage travel

CTV News has reported WestJet has joined 150 travel and tourism companies to call on federal and provincial governments to encourage travel, the news source said.

WestJet the Calgary Airport Authority and tourism and air travel companies submitted the request in an open letter to the prime minister and all premiers.

The Canadian travel, tourism and hospitality sector employs 1.8 million people and contributes USD 102 billion to the economy. It relies on the summer season to survive. As Canadians, we wait all year to travel during the summer.

The letters adds that many of the travel restrictions currently in place are simply too broad or unnecessary and limitations on inter-provincial travel should be removed.

As for international travel, the letter says, the mandatory 14-day quarantine and complete closure of our country to all visitors from abroad is no longer necessary and is out of step with other countries across the globe.

Provinces have implemented unique travel restrictions as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, including discouraging non-essential travel by non-residents.

Canadians who travel internationally are currently expected to quarantine for a 14-day-period, including if travel originated in the United States.

Calgary Airport Authority said it supports the letter and request that all levels of government work together to streamline and clarify rules around travel in order to ensure safe, accessible and timely travel for Canadians this summer.

WestJet calls for provincial and federal governments to urgently address the patchwork of domestic quarantine periods, as well as standardize intra-provincial travel advice.